Horses ploughing a field, 1783.
3 5 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Horses ploughing a field, 1783.

Hincks, William

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


Stipple engraving by William Hincks showing an idealised rural scene relating to flax production. Three men are working in the field: one is leading the horses; one is steering the plough; and the other follows behind sowing flax seed in the furrows. A woman and her children are sitting nearby with the lunch they have brought for the men. In the background is a small thatched cottage with some cows nearby, while further in the background is a building (a large house or factory). Flax was used to make linen.



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