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Print - Going to work

Going to work

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Millet, Jean-François, born 1814 - died 1875 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 20

Jean François Millet began etching in the mid 1850s, making a series of prints after his own paintings. This print is a version of his painting Going to Work (Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow). The tools carried by the peasants as they stride across the barren landscape are, for the time the print was made, old-fashioned: a simple fork and a water jar. The deep shadows cast over their faces suggest that they represent age-old archetypes, rather than individuals.

Physical description

Etching depicting a man and a woman walking across a featureless landscape. The woman (left) carries a water jar, and the man a fork over his shoulder. Both wear headcoverings which throw their faces into deep shadow.


1863 (made)


Millet, Jean-François, born 1814 - died 1875 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 38.5 cm, Width: 30.8 cm

Object history note

Bequeathed by C.A. Ionides, 1900
Purchased by Ionides in 1881 or before with a large group of prints for £117.10s.

Descriptive line

Jean François Millet, Going to work, 1863, etching



Subjects depicted

Labour; Peasants




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