Property from an Important Private American Collection
William McTaggart, RSA RSW (British, 1835-1910)
A Wet Harvest Day signed and dated 'W.McTaggart /94' (lower right) oil on canvas 46 x 80 cm. (18 1/4 x 31 1/2 in.)
PROVENANCE: H.H. McTaggart, Loanhead, Midlothian J.J. Kirkness, South Africa With Duncan R. Miller Fine Arts, London
EXHIBITED: South Africa, Pretoria, Pretoria Art Museum (where loaned by J.J. Kirkness)
LITERATURE: J.L. Caw, William McTaggart, - A Biography and an Appreciation, James Maclehose & Sons, Glasgow, 1917, pp. 156, 268. P. Kvaerne, William McTaggart, Edinburgh, 2007, pl. 226
Painted at Sandy Dean, very close to the artist's home, and described by Caw (p. 156) as one of "those delightful middling-sized pictures". The children are well-resolved and there is a sense of depth achieved through the variations in tone. The golden highlights in the field lift the whole canvas.