Country Scene with Hay Cart by Charles Thomas Burt
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Burt was a Midlands landscape painter. Born in Wolverhampton and lived in Birmingham most of his life. He was a pupil of Samuel Lines of Birmingham and also a friend and pupil of David Cox (q.v.), by whose style he was influenced. He exhibited 16 paintings at the Royal Academy from 1850-1892, as well as the British Institute, Suffolk Street and elsewhere. Burt was a member of the Birmingham Society of Artists. Burt painted Highland, Farming scenes and Moorland landscapes including Snowden, Devon, Somerset, Malvern, Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Orkney islands. The painting depicts a typical English country scene, with a group of farmers loading a crop of hay into their cart. It is dated 1868 and is surrounded by a very ornate carved gilt wood frame. It measures 42 in 106.7 cm high, 58 in 147.3 cm wide and 3 in 9 cm in depth.