Hop Picking by Lucy Sheldon Beach
Made by Students
watercolor on paper
Lucy Sheldon Beach (1788-1889)
Litchfield Historical Society
10 3/8" length x 14 1/2" width
The watercolor painting depicts the seated figure of a woman in center facing right. She is dressed in a tan quilted skirt with a blue and white checked apron over a faded blue tunic bodice and dark fichu and high crowned cap. White stockings and dark shoes with buckles. A pole entwined with hop vies is in her lap. She is picking off blossoms and dropping them into a high cylindrical willow basket. A boy in typical country garb of full sleeved shirt and light knee breeches approaches from right carring a pole also entwined with flowering vines. Two small girls, one standing and one seated, deposit blossoms in basket to left. The background is typical English bucolic scene with thatched cottage to right and a post and rail fence running diagonally to it behind the figures. In center underneath painting "Hop Picking" in ink.
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