Depicts a man in a deep red jacket on the banks of the Derwent digging by moonlight filling up fox-holes, with a dog and a horse by his side.

Reflects Wright's interest in 17th Century Dutch art rather than the English tradition. Inscribed 'J Wright P/1773' lower left.


Philip, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke; by descent to the 5th Earl of Hardwicke, his sale Christie's, 1880; Christie's, 1950 , bought by ?Scully; Benedict Nicholson.

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