Photos: Jonathan Russell.
“This work and The Dreamer … are part of a series of paintings of contemporary working-class Manx women that Swynnerton produced around 1887. For these works she made direct studies of real landscapes.” (Notice by painting while on exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019.)
A note by the painting when on display at the Tate in November 2022 suggests that the yellow flowers are “ragwort… the Manx national flower.” However, according to the Isle of Man government web site, ragwort only became identified as such in the early twentieth century.
- Media: oil on canvas.
- Dimensions: 635 x 571 mm (0.36 m²).
- History: c. 1887; exhibited Royal Academy, 1929, and in Royal Academy Illustrated for that year; presented to the Tate Collection 1929 by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest; exhibited Manchester Art Gallery, 23 Feb 2018 to 6 Jan 2019; Tate Britain, November 2022, “Spotlights: Annie Swynnerton” exhibition.
- Location: Tate.