Mending a plough, c 1890.
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A photograph of a farm worker mending a plough, taken by Colonel Joseph Gale (c 1835-1906) in about 1890. The man fixes the equipment whilst his team of horses and two ploughboys wait for work to continue. Agriculture in the nineteenth and early twentieth century was slow to adopt mechanisation. Horse teams for ploughs were still being in used in Britain until around the time of the Second World War. Joseph Gale specialised in naturalistic photographs of rural life and figures in landscapes. He was one of the first members of the Linked Ring Brotherhood and was also a member of the Royal Photographic Society.