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The Harvest Moon

Oil Painting
1855 (painted)
Place Of Origin

Oil painting

object details
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting, 'The Harvest Moon', John Linnell, 1855

Physical Description
Oil painting
  • Estimate height: 66cm
  • Estimate width: 99cm
  • Framed height: 100cm
  • Framed width: 132cm
  • Framed depth: 9cm
Dimensions taken from Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990
Marks and Inscriptions
'J Linnell f 1855' (Signed and dated by the artist, bottom right of centre)
Gallery Label
48. John Linnell (1792-1882) The Harvest Moon 1855 Oil on canvas, 66 x 99 cm (26 x 39 ins) The importance of the harvest was formerly apparent to everyone, as a scanty harvest could cause near-starvation and unrest. A good harvest was consequently a symbol of peace and plenty. Linnell, associated with both William Blake and Samuel Palmer (his son-in-law), excelled in the depiction of this part of the agricultural year. He here adds a new dimension to the conventional image of the harvest. Linnell invests his scene at the end of a late summer's day, the sun and the moon in the sky together, with a spiritual, even mystical, fervour. The fecundity of the crop (there are fields and harvesters as far as the eye can see) is emphasised by the families in the foreground - men, women and children - slowly making their way home. Given by John Jones, 1882 (554-1882)(2002)
Credit line
Bequeathed by John Jones
Object history
Bequeathed by John Jones, 1882
Subjects depicted
Bibliographic References
  • Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, pp. 178-79
  • Evans, Mark et al. Vikutoria & Arubāto Bijutsukan-zō : eikoku romanshugi kaigaten = The Romantic tradition in British painting, 1800-1950 : masterpieces from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Japan : Brain Trust, 2002
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record createdDecember 15, 1999
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