Andrew Lambirth

Ghosts in a landscape: farming life through the eyes of Thomas Hennell

Jessica Kilburn celebrates an unjustly neglected artist who captured in delicate watercolours the passing of ancient agricultural traditions in the 1930s

‘The Land is Yours’ by Thomas Hennell — one of many watercolours capturing a way of farming that was being superseded by mechanisation. Credit: Bridgeman Images

Already a subscriber? Log in

This article is for subscribers only

Subscribe today to get 3 months' delivery of the magazine, as well as online and app access, for only £3.

  • Weekly delivery of the magazine
  • Unlimited access to our website and app
  • Enjoy Spectator newsletters and podcasts
  • Explore our online archive, going back to 1828


Want to join the debate?

Join the conversation with other Spectator readers by getting your first 3 months for just £3.

Already a subscriber? Log in