About this artwork

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).

  • title:
    Field Working in Spring
  • accession number:
    NG 1669
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  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • date created:
    1878
  • measurements:
    64.20 x 97.50 cm (framed: 87.00 x 120.50 x 9.50 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by the Misses Stodart 1926
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve

William Darling McKay

William Darling McKay