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Agriculture in watercolour

Before the invention of the camera, people used watercolours to document the world. Over the centuries, painters – both professional and amateur – created hundreds of thousands of images recording life as they witnessed it. Every one of these paintings has a story to tell, but many are hidden away in archives, albums and store rooms, too fragile to display. The Watercolour World exists to bring them back into view.

And pretty fantastic it is too. Search for agriculture and see for yourself.

The Plough. Print after Valentine Green (1801). The British Museum.