Description & Technical information

Barn and stable interiors appear in Clausen’s sketchbooks as early as 1884, but it was not until 1897 that the first in a long series of such subjects was exhibited at the Royal Academy. This painting, The Old Barn, contrasts a farmer leaning on a stick in the middle distance with a man working in the background.


Date:  1896
Period:  19th century
Origin:  British
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: 

Signed 'G Clausen' and dated (lower right); signed
and dated 'G. CLAUSEN.1897' (lower left)



Dimensions: 107.44 x 86.36 cm (42¹/₄ x 34 inches)
Provenance: 

Property of a Charitable Trust;

Private collection, United Kingdom



Literature: 

Royal Academy Illustrated, 1897, p. 27.

The Academy Notes, 1897, Chatto and Windus, p. 6 (illustrated).

ACR Carter, 'The Royal Academy 1897', The Art
Journal, 1897, p. 174.

'Chronicle of Art – May', The Magazine of Art,
1897, p. 47.

Art at the Royal Academy, London, 1897 (Studio
Special Number), p. 45 (illustrated).

'The Royal Academy – Second Notice', Dundee
Courier, 6 May 1897, p. 4.

MH Spielmann, 'The Royal Academy II', The Graphic,
8 May 1897, p. 570.

Kenneth McConkey, Sir George Clausen, RA, RWS,
1980, exhibition catalogue, Bradford, Bristol and Newcastle Art Galleries and Royal Academy of Arts, p. 70 (illustrated as untraced).

Kenneth McConkey, George Clausen and the Picture of
English Rural Life, Edinburgh, 2012, fig. 205, p. 125 (illustrated as unlocated p. 126).



Exhibitions: 

London, Royal Academy, 1897, no. 52.



Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints