Production Date: 1854
Exhibition History: R.A., 1883 (no.287); R.A., 1973 (no.69); Yale 1976 (no.34)
Patron: Francis MacCracken
Date Commissioned: 1853
Patron: James Leathart
Date Commissioned: November 13, 1859
Patron: William Graham
Date Commissioned: 1869
Original Cost: £800
Note: MacCracken relinquished his commission of the painting. Leathart commissioned the work
for 350 guineas, but DGR wrote, only a short while after the commission, that the patron
“funks the calf picture for the usual reason” (Fredeman,
Correspondence, 59.40.). By 1867 DGR was ready to repay Leathart his advancement because the painting had
not moved forward. Graham, the last patron, finally received the painting in an unfinished
state upon DGR's death.
Model: Fanny Cornforth
Note: Cornforth sat for the figure of the woman.
Note: WMR sat for the figure of the farmer in the early stages.
Model: Ford Madox Brown
Note: Madox Brown also sat for the farmer.
Note: The facial features of the farmer were drawn from a model whose identity is
Fairfax Murray suggests that Burne-Jones and Dunn added finishing touches to the painting
following DGR's death. Murray beleives that Burne-Jones added the wall (which DGR had intended
as a picket fence) while Dunn washed in the sky. Marillier
that Burne-Jones did the sky and that Dunn might have painted the
bridge, the riverbank, and the cowslip in the farmer's hat.
Current Location: Bancroft Collection, Wilmington Society of Fine Arts, Delaware
Archival History: William Graham; Christie's sale April 3, 1886 (part of lot 118),
£756.; R. Benson