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The striking circular shape of this work is by no means the most interesting thing about this painting. This idyllic vignette of country life is in fact far-removed from the reality of nineteenth-century Birmingham and is thus very revealing of Victorian attitudes towards the countryside and towards landscape painting in general. By the mid- to late 1800s Birmingham’s reputation as the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution was set.
oil on canvas
61 x 61 cm
gift from an anonymous donor
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TT EnglandView venue
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