The Farmer’s Wife

The Farmer’s Wife

In September 1953 John Elwyn moved to Winchester where he taught at the School of Art. There his paintings drew on his wide experience of the working life of the countryside. Paintings of cattle pastures, farmyards and barns of the Teifi and Ceri valleys record activities in the countryside at different times of the day and as they vary from season to season.

Here, the farmer’s wife is shown scattering chicken seed which she has carried to the hens in her apron.

Between 1950 and 1968 John Elwyn painted many such canvases for ‘Artists of Fame and Promise’, a twice yearly exhibition staged by the Leicester Galleries in central London. Oliver Brown, one of the Galleries’ directors, had observed a new confidence in the art market and a trend in the picture buying public away from the established names to art students and young artists. Loftus Brown, a fellow director, purchased The Farmer’s Wife from one such exhibition in 1953.

oil on canvas, 1953