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couples eating harvest dinner underneath a tree, field in the background

 

Francis Wheatley
England, 1747-1801
Harvest Dinner, 1792
Oil on canvas
26 x 20 1/4 in.

Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000

During the late 18th century, the English artist Francis Wheatley became known for sentimental works, often with figures in landscapes, which were popularized through engravings. This work was exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in 1792.

 

Harvest Dinner was the first painting acquired by the Weitzenhoffers. This may seem surprising, considering the direction the collection would later take. However, the naturalism of British art of the late 18th and early 19th centuries may be said to prefigure French Impressionism.