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The sailor's return
An interior of a small cottage. The truckle bed, simple furnishing, flaking plaster and exposed red brickwork suggest rural simplicity and poverty. Wheatley is concerned with the psychological relationship between the subjects as well as domestic detail and costume. The work marks a shift from a Hogarthian concentration of genre in the cause of harsh moral social satire towards a gentler, sweeter style. Wheatley implies that a society which was uncomfortably aware of the sufferings of the rural poor, brought about by the agricultural revolution, sought compensating reassurance in depictions of an idealized pastoral life. At the end of the century genre painting of this sort became increasingly moralizing and didactic.
- Image reference: BHC1076
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London