Mr Hatfield Showing Samples of Wheat

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This large group-portrait depicts Mr Joseph Hatfield, a miller and corn merchant from Sutton upon Derwent, as he shows samples of wheat to a well-dressed group of men sitting around a table.

The grains of wheat are being burnished with a fine red cloth, and money is on the table in front of Mr Hatfield. The other sitters are all from around York: Mr T. Belt of Walmgate, Mr W. Garbutt of York – Corn Merchant, Mr Bowman of Elvington – Veterinary Surgeon, Mr Joseph Hatfield, Mr Henry Warneford Senior of Copmanthorpe – Farmer.

Three of the men wear top hats, and Mr. Hatfield wears a richly flowered waistcoat. The scene may be taking place in a Corn Exchange, when the value of the crop is being decided.

Merchant Adventurers’ Hall



Mr Hatfield Showing Samples of Wheat




oil on canvas


H 111 x W 141 cm

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Acquisition method

gift from Ernest Leetham, 1877

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Fossgate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9XD England

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