Frances Hodgkins

Threshing Machine

Threshing Machine by Frances Hodgkins

Artwork Detail

After the end of World War I, Frances Hodgkins painted a series of watercolours while staying in the village of Great Barrington, in the Cotswolds. In each of these paintings, a large traction engine dominates the composition, while groups of farm workers feed wheat or other grains into a threshing machine. Others using pitchforks then hurl the stalks onto an ever-growing haystack on the right. The warm summer day would have been full of sound, the men’s voices shouting over the roar of the engine and the threshing machine, and the clatter of the elevator as it carried the released grain upwards, before it fell below, freeing the chaff to blow in the wind. There is a sense of timelessness to the scene, a return to age old traditions after years of war.

Threshing Machine
Frances Hodgkins
Production date
circa 1918-circa 1919
gouache, pencil and charcoal
548 x 704 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Jetta and Bruce Cornish
Accession no
Other ID
FH0624 Frances Hodgkins Catalogue Raisonné Number, 18.11 RW Number
No known copyright restrictions
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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