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Watercolour - Harvesting : Sunset
  • Harvesting : Sunset
    Willis, Henry Brittan RWS, born 1810 - died 1884
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Harvesting : Sunset

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1863 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Willis, Henry Brittan RWS, born 1810 - died 1884 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Dixon Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room WS, case R, shelf 5, box R

Object Type
Landscape painting in oil became steadily more popular throughout the 19th century. John Constable and J.M.W. Turner take credit for establishing landscape as a suitable theme for painting. Until then history paintings had been considered more important, but increasingly naturalistic oil paintings of picturesque views of the British landscape appealed to a wider section of the art-buying public.

Henry Brittan Willis (1810-1884) was the son of a Bristol painter and was instructed by his father. He went to America in 1842 but returned and settled in London in 1843. He exhibited from 1844 to 1883, mainly at the Old Watercolour Society, but also at the Royal Academy, the British Institution and elsewhere. Willis seems to have specialised in landscapes, often with cattle and wagons, as here. This picture of the harvest on the South Downs is typical of his work.

Physical description

Watercolour entitled 'Harvest Field, with a Bullock Waggon : Sunset'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1863 (made)


Willis, Henry Brittan RWS, born 1810 - died 1884 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques



Height: 47 cm framed, Width: 47 cm framed

Object history note

Painted in England by Henry Brittan Willis RWS (born in Bristol, 1810, died in London, 1884)

Descriptive line

Watercolour by Henry Brittan Willis entitled 'Harvest Field, with a Bullock Waggon : Sunset'. Great Britain, 1863.

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Rural scenes like this appealed widely to the Victorian public. H.B. Willis specialised in subject matter showing landscapes with cattle and wagons. Many people who could not afford such paintings bought reproductions of them. [27/03/2003]





Subjects depicted

Sunset; Wagons; Harvest




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