A Son of the Soil by James Collinson

The work addresses two burning issues of the day: the Crimean war and the plight of agricultural workers.


Oil on canvas
30.5 x 25 cm
Art Fund grant:
£20,000 ( Total: £45,000)
Acquired in:
Peter Nahum at the Leicester Galleries

Collinson portrays a labourer sitting in a pub, tankard in hand, contemplating joining the 'Army Works Corps'. The corps was formed in 1854 to encourage rural workers and navvies to volunteer as civilians in the Crimean war.


Private collection, USA; private collection, New England, USA until 2002.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888 www.manchesterartgallery.org

Entry details

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