61 x 85 in
The artist’s sale at his house at 14 Fitzroy Square, London, by Mr. Christie, January 13th 1795 (lot 55, sold for £17 10s. 0d);
James Daniell Esquire, his sale. Christies London 25th February 1809, lot 83 as “The Plowman (sic), from Gray’s Elegy, landscape in the style of Gainsborough” (unsold at 12 guineas)
Sale, Christies 13 May 1960 (lot 39);
Sale, Christies 17th April 1964 (lot 100);
Montagu Bernard (dealer) 1969;
Private collection, England, until sold Bonhams London December 10, 2003 (lot 15) to the present owner.
London, Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, 1793, number 114 where entitled “Ploughing” (unsold at 20 guineas)
The Diary of Joseph Farington RA (Ed. Garlick and Mcintyre, Yale University Press 1978, volume II, p.291), under January 13th 1795: “Wheatley’s drawings and pictures were sold today. The pictures sold low. A large picture of Plough Horses in a frame which cost 20 Guineas (i.e. £21.00) sold for £17.10………………”;
Sale Catalogue: A catalogue of all the Capital Pictures, Valuable Drawings and other curious articles, the property of FRANCIS WHEATLEY, Esq., RA at his house Situate, No. 14, on the West Side of RUSSELL PLACE, FITZROY SQUARE Which will be sold at Auction by MR CHRISTIE, On the premises, On Tuesday, January 13th, 1795, At Twelve o’Clock;
Mary Webster Francis Wheatley (Paul Mellon Foundation for British Art / Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1970), illustrated page 104; Catalogue of the Oil Paintings number 107, pages 150, text pages 201 and 206.