Harvest Moon, “globed in yellow splendour”

Helen Allingham, RWS 1848-1926

Signed and dated 1879.

Pencil, watercolor, and bodycolour

6 ½ x 5 ¼ inches

This glowing water-colour dates from the early years of the artist's marriage to William Allingham, the poet whose verse is quoted in the title. The figure of the reaper stands monumentally against the landscape in which he has been working, and as he walks home he glances back at the rising moon. In Allingham's later work the figures tend to be less dominant in the composition, but here the large central figure shows the influence of Frederick Walker.