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The Cottagers, c. 1815-1820

Thomas Rowlandson
British, 1756 - 1827
pen and brown and reddish-brown ink with watercolour over graphite on wove paper
21.5 x 29.6 cm
Purchased 1924
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3122)

Known in another version as "Country Farm Yard, Devon", this delightful watercolour demonstrates the theories of the Picturesque then in vogue, which found beauty in the rustic charms of dilapidated cottages, and in irregular forms such as thatched roofs and warped fence-posts. It is a classic, storybook image of the English country cottage, complete with pigs and chickens, washing on the line, and an abundance of happy children mirroring the fecundity of nature itself.

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