As a child, Collins studied under the artist George Morland. In 1807, he entered the Royal Academy Schools, and exhibited at the Academy for the first time in the same year.
Collin’s sentimental rustic landscapes and genre scenes won him great popularity. Here three children are tying the bundles of cut grain into sheaves, using stalks of the grain.
Collins was very successful in his lifetime. Admirers of his work included the Duke of Devonshire, Sir Robert Peel and later King George IV. Collins was the father of the author Wilkie Collins, particularly known for The Woman in White and The Moonstone.