On the Way to the Spring

Frederick Richard Pickersgill, 1820-1900


Oil on panel

37 x 32 cm

Collection: Guildhall Art Gallery Acquisition n. 755

Bequeathed by Charles Gassiot, 1902

A young woman on her way to collect water rests her infant on the top rung of a stile, having set her pitcher on the cross-plank. She looks earnestly into the child's face, perhaps wondering what has caught her attention. [Commentary continues below. Click on this and the linked image to enlarge them, and mouse over the text for links.]

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