Exhibited: Dudley Gallery, 1869
According to his diary entries, Crowe based this painting on a sketch made while on holiday in Germany in June 1843. It was exhibited at the Dudley Gallery in the winter of 1869-70.
Art Journal, December 1869:
Eyre Crowe always paints with a purpose, but the characters around ‘The Village Fountain’ are, as often with this artist, overdone; thus in this picture water cannot be drawn from a pump except with a solemn intensity worthy of tragedy.