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Creator:
Robert Hannah, 1812–1909, British
Title:

Refreshing the Weary [1847, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]

Date:
ca. 1847
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 24 x 20 1/2 inches (61 x 52.1 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B1993.8
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
apron (main garment) | arches | basket | bonnets | boy | breeches | children | city | columns | cup | drinking | fence | food | fruit | genre subject | girls | hat | lamppost | lamppost | men | petticoat | pitcher | shawl | shawls | steps | stockings | street | tankards | town | women
Access:
On view in the galleries
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:1377
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The “weary” in Robert Hannah’s painting are new arrivals from the countryside, leaving behind their old life to seek work in London. The boy in the foreground still wears his country smock; the girl to his right, presumably his sister, is so thirsty she tries to drink from a drain. The grand water pump behind her is kept locked, reserved for the inhabitants of this fashionable square. A pot bearer from a nearby public house is the only one who comes to their aid. His hat reveals he is a former soldier now pensioned off. Having suffered hardship himself, this working-class Londoner is moved by the plight of these displaced rural laborers. The fact this scene takes place by an urban parish church implies a critique of its wealthy parishioners for failing in their Christian duty to offer charity to the poor.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Out to Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2022-03-11 - 2022-03-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]


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