WILLIAM KURELEK, R.C.A.
PRACTICAL JOKES IN THRESHING TIME
mixed media on board
signed with initials and dated /69
22 ins x 11 3/4 ins; 55 cms x 29.4 cms
A note on the reverse describes the scene in Kurelek’s words: “Threshing time was one of neighbourly excitement and rough commeraderie (sic), mixed with hard work even cruelty toward the poor social mixers. One trick played which father described was to steal under the rack of a load, waiting to pull in by the thresher, and unhitch the horses. When the rack ahead pulled out, the waiting teamster sat up, took his reigns and said ‘Giddup’. The horse would go but the load stayed put so the driver would pitch head long to the ground after the horses. It’s a wonder the man wasn’t killed. The other man you see there grinning is a field pitcher who’s come in for his bit of lunch that was brought out to the field and placed by the tractor at 4:30 pm. Everyone worked on till after dark and dew fell to make the sheaves too tough for threshing.”
The Isaacs Gallery Ltd., Toronto.
Private Collection, Toronto.