Joshua Cristall (1767-1847)
A Sussex gleaner
Signed and dated l.r.: Joshua Cristall.1816, numbered l.l.: 18, watercolour over traces of pencil with gum arabic, stopping out and scratching out
24.2 x 16.6 cm; 9 9/16 x 6 1/2 inches
Davis & Long Company New York, 1980;
Private collection, New York until 2019
David & Long Company, ‘English Watercolours’, November 1-29 1980, no. 11, illus.
Cristall’s charming sketches of rustic labourers at work provide an interesting record of rural labour in the early nineteenth century when the land was changing fast as a result of the Industrial Revolution. Much of his work depicted country people; their natural dignity and simplicity were qualities he found appealing. Encouraged by the popularity of his country figure studies he exhibited many such works.
He was a founder member of the Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1804 and his work is included in the collections of many major U.K. museums.