Farming in Australia is a heartbreaking enterprise. Drought, flood, bushfire, hail and marauding Galahs conspire to make a bountiful wheat harvest elusive.
In the early 1900s each hard won harvest was sent off to the mill on horse-drawn drays, often powered by Clydesdales. These gentle giants helped keep Australia’s wheat industry moving until trucks took over in the 1930s.
This intensely detailed work of art depicts the mighty Clydesdales straining under the load of a fine harvest. Two men – perhaps the farmer and a contractor – sit up front, quietly calculating their profits and enjoying a respite from back-breaking labour in the field. A working dog bounds joyfully from sack to sack, sensing the occasion and revelling in the ride. Overhead, Galahs swoop and screech as they follow the departing grain.
The original slab timber hut on the right was probably cut from timber felled to clear the property. Behind the hut we see a typical Australian farm house, no doubt the product of many harvests.
Giclee Edition of 450 (29 A/P & Rem.) Canvas 958 X 654 mm - AUD $770.00
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