When the West with Evening Glows

Joseph Farquharson, 1846 - 1935

When the West with Evening Glows

Joseph Farquharson 1846 - 1935


A snowy winter landscape, looking along a pathway through fields, with groups of trees on either side of the path in the middleground. Fresh footprints can be seen in the deep snow, leading away from the viewer, with three crows in the foreground by the prints. The whole scene is lit by the warm glow of the rising sun from behind the hills in the background.

Display Label

Gallery text panel Life and Landscape High-Victorian Social and Rural Subjects The Pre-Raphaelite interest in modern life was paralleled by a more general demand for contemporary subjects. The Victorians' fascination with their growing world of new social types and changing patterns of behaviour is particularly echoed in their love of crowd scenes. Some artists tried to highlight the darker side of society by focusing on the plight of the less well off. Yet representations of the working class and unemployed are usually idealised or softened by sentimental treatment. The wealthier classes provided more popular themes in art: high society is often both celebrated and analysed in paintings of domestic interiors and social engagements. Depictions of the city and industrial activity are rare. In an age of urban degradation and mass poverty collectors sought escapism more than social reflection, which gave rise to an unparalleled market for landscapes. Typically extreme in evoking serenity or bleakness, their appeal often revolves around open-ended narratives and the presence or suggestion of human activity.

Object Name

When the West with Evening Glows

Creators Name

Joseph Farquharson

Date Created



Frame: 121cm x 162cm
Canvas: 81.2cm x 121.3cm

accession number


Place of creation





oil paint


Bequeathed by John Edward Yates


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