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Oil painting - The Little Wood Gatherer
  • The Little Wood Gatherer
    Heaphy, Thomas Frank, born 1813 - died 1873
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The Little Wood Gatherer

  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (painted)

  • Date:

    1873 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Heaphy, Thomas Frank, born 1813 - died 1873 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Eliza Heaphy

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

An oil painting depicting a young girl in rural costume, shown three-quarter length, holding a bundle of sticks under her arms.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (painted)


1873 (painted)


Heaphy, Thomas Frank, born 1813 - died 1873 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'T. Heaphy 1873'
Signed (monogram) and dated by the artist


Height: 17.5 in estimate, Width: 13.5 in estimate, :

Object history note

Given by Mrs Eliza Heaphy, 1890

Historical significance: Thomas Frank Heaphy (1813-1873) was the eldest son of the watercolour painter Thomas Heaphy (1775-1835). He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Society of British Artists and the British Institution from 1831 to 1874, and specialised in portraits and historical and genre pictures. He was elected a Member of the Society of British Artists in 1867.

The Little Wood Gatherer shows a pretty, fresh-faced country girl with a bundle of sticks caught up in her apron, as though glimpsed making her way home through the fields after carrying out her errand. She holds in her left hand a little posy of primroses, flowers which perhaps symbolise the spring time of the girl's own life. Idyllic country scenes and peasant subjects such as this enjoyed great popularity in the later 19th century. Painted in 1873, The Little Wood Gatherer is among Heaphy's last works. It was given to the Museum in 1890 by his widow, Eliza.

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Oil Painting, 'The Little Wood Gatherer', Thomas Frank Heaphy, 1873


Oil paint; Canvas


Oil painting

Subjects depicted





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