In the Orchard (The Apple Pickers)

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As in other paintings, Nash depicts an arcadian world of social harmony, with people working effortlessly. Although the harvest of apples is under way, nobody seems to be working. It might be a picture of a game or a scene of leisure than real work. The dappled light and the patched application of paint, which Nash normally used in his paintings, reinforce the effect of unreality.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford



In the Orchard (The Apple Pickers)




oil on paper, mounted on cardboard


H 37.7 x W 56 cm

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Bequeathed by Thomas Balston through the Art Fund, 1968

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Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

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