Women working in a field

William Bennettcirca 1850s

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia

William Bennett was strongly influenced by the loose brushwork and transparent washes characteristic of the work of his mentor, David Cox. This sprightly watercolour is not a conventionally finished work and appears to have been painted on the spot. Working on thick, coarsely grained paper, Bennett used a dry brush technique to break up the flatness of the washes by dragging the brush across the surface and allowing exposed areas of the paper to suggest flickering light.


  • Title: Women working in a field
  • Creator: William Bennett
  • Date Created: circa 1850s
  • Physical Dimensions: 24.6 x 35.8 cm image/sheet; 38.5 x 58.5 x 1.5 cm frame
  • Provenance: Mrs C Bennett, Purchased by the AGNSW in 1883
  • Type: Watercolour
  • Rights: Purchased 1883
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/1114/
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Object Other Titles: A sketch
  • Artist Country: United Kingdom

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