The Farmer's Daughter
By Sir William Quiller Orchardson

The Farmer's Daughter
By Sir William Quiller Orchardson, R.A. (1835-1910)
In the Glasgow Art Gallery

Born in Edinburgh, of Highland descent, Orchardson began his art studies at the age of fifteen, when he entered the Trustees' Academy. Here he was associated with a band of students who afterwards became famous like himself. These included Peter Graham, John Pettie and John MacWhirter, and they formed a sketching club together which produced some good work, much of which was published in Good Words . Orchardson modelled his early paintings on the style of Scott Lauder, his instructor, but he soon adopted a distinctive manner of his own, using fully a light combination of grey and yellow which Pettie employed in a few pictures. He attained a considerable measure of success in Scotland and then came to London in 1862, where he proceeded to build up his reputation, chiefly by exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1863 onwards. In 1868 he was elected A.R.A., bcomming a Royal Academician nine years later.

Orchardson was especially happy with his figures, and his treatment of them is well shown in this picture, where the young girl, in the pink print muslin gown of the early part of the nineteenth century, stands in the doorway of a barn feeding pigeons. The picture was painted in 1881, the year following the exhibition at the Royal Academy of his famous painting "Napoleon on board the Bellerophon." Other popular pictures by this artist which will be readily recalled are, "The First Cloud," showing a quarrel between a husband and wife, and "Her Mother's Voice," one of his best sentimental efforts.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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