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Landscape with Ploughman and Other Figures

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Landscape with Ploughman and Other Figures Dated 1889

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
In Hackstoun's landscape, a small figure ploughs a rich brown field on the edge of an unidentified village. Other figures look on as the ploughman battles against both the elements and the steep terrain. Here, Hackstoun's figures are faceless, anonymous peasants who blend with the land that they work. In this watercolour, he concentrated on the effects of weather on the landscape and its inhabitants. Wind strips the slender birch of its leaves, scattering them among the flocks of birds. In the distant valley rain falls heavily upon the land. Hackstoun rendered certain areas in great detail, picking out individual leaves or roadside pebbles. In other parts, such as the muddy embankment, he left large blocks of colour without texture or detail.

Glossary Open


A paint with colouring and binding agents diluted with water. It has a transparent quality and is usually applied to paper.



  • Acc. No. D 4081
  • Medium Watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Size 33.30 x 48.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1940