Type of print: Steel engraving - Original antique print
Year of printing: not indicated in the print - est 1875
Original artist: Withering
Publisher: D. Appleton & Co., New York
Condition: 1 (1. Excellent - 2. Very good - 3. Good - 4. Fair)
- Please examine the photo for minor blemishes.
Dimensions: 10 x 14 inches, including blank margins (borders) around the image. 1 inch = 2,54 cm.
Paper weight: 1 (1. Thick - 2. Heavier - 3. Medium heavy - 4. Slightly heavier - 5. Thin)
Reverse side: Blank
Note: Green 'border' around the print in the photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed.
The artist has here selected for his picture a little
episode in the work of hop-picking, on which, at the proper season, men,
women and children are all engaged together. The younger laborers are resting
awhile from their task, and a young woman, perhaps an elder sister, who,
from her superior style of dress, reminds us that the "pickers " do not
come from the lowest class only, is decorating a child with a chaplet of
the golden flowers. The idea is excellent; so also is the manner in which
it has been carried out. The faces of all are highly expressive, especially
that of the little girl, so full of self-complacency at the honors bestowed
upon her; while the smile of amusement assumed by the boy bespeaks his
enjoyment of the scene. This group, in all its parts, is admirably painted,
and finished with great care; it is brilliantly colored, yet with perfect
harmony of tones. In the background, to the left is another group of elder
females and lads engaged in their work; and in the distance, to the right,
are more figures, also occupied with their labors. The picture is unquestionably
one of the best ever painted by Witherington; it belongs to the earlier
part of his career, and the landscapes to which he afterwards gave almost
undivided attention have not succeeded nearly so well. He generally managed,
as here, to throw a wonderful air of romance over quite homely scenes,
never, however, exaggerating it into falsity or unpleasantness.
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