Harvest Moon, after George Heming Mason ARA


Harvest Moon, after George Heming Mason ARA (Scotland, c.1883)

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Hand coloured etching on paper
Signed in pencil in the plate by the artist


32.00cm high
88.00cm wide
(12.60 inches high)
(34.65 inches wide)
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Exhibition History

The Royal Academy, 1883, number 1382 (another version).

Description / Expertise

Published in London on 17th Febuary, 1883, by Robert Dunthorne at the Cabinet of Fine Arts in Vigo Street

The original oil painting `The Harvest Moon' by George Heming Mason was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872 number 125.

Macbeth was a painter and illustrator of pastoral landscapes and rustic genre scenes in the tradition begun by George Hemming Mason and Fred Walker. He was also a distinguished print maker who produced fine reproductions and etchings, as well as original work. He was born in Edinburgh, the son of a portrait painter, but read his art education in London where he began his career as an illustrator for the Graphic. He began to exhibit at the Royal Academy in 1873 and regularly showed work in all the major London exhibitions including the Old and New Watercolour Societies, the Grosvenor, New and Dudley Galleries, The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and the Royal Society of Portrait Etchers. In the Royal Academy he regularly showed etchings after Walker, Mason and Pinwell. He produced one etching after Burne-Jones (the `Chant D'Amour'), but Burne-Jones felt that Macbeth's style was to strong for his work and better suited to rustic subjects.

Macbeth's most ambitious paintings date from the 1870's and 80's and are large panoramic canvases of rural labour, `The Harvest Moon' was therefore a natural subject for Macbeth to choose to engrave. Macbeth became a member in many of the artistic societies at which he exhibited, including the Royal Watercolour Society (Associate 1871, member 1901), the Royal Society of Painter Etchers (1880), the Royal Institute (1882) and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (1883). He was elected Associated Royal Academician in 1883 and Royal Academician in 1903. There is no modern study of the artist.