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Potter’s agrarian subjects reflect the importance of agriculture in the seventeenth-century Dutch economy. By describing farm workers and their animals with such care, Potter emphasised the close connection of his subjects with the earth and invested them with an aura of heroic grandeur. This sense of monumentality is shown here by the use of a low viewpoint to accentuate the size of the animals and the milkmaid who stand motionless, silhouetted against a pale sky.
oil on oak panel
38.1 x 50.3 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, at an unknown date; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897
The Wallace Collection
Hertford House Manchester Square, London, Greater London W1U 3BN EnglandView venue
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