Field Working in Spring

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Field Working in Spring 1878

On Display Scottish National Gallery

  • Scottish Art
The scene is set in East Lothian where McKay was born. The women ‘bondagers’, as such workers were called, are removing potatoes from the clamps in which they have been stored for the winter. This image of rural women working the land reveals the influence of the French artist Jean François Millet (1814-1875).


  • Acc. No. NG 1669
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 64.20 x 97.50 cm (Framed: 87.00 x 120.50 x 9.50 cm)
  • Credit Presented by the Misses Stodart 1926