Richard Ansdell

Highland Shepherd

Highland Shepherd by Richard Ansdell

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Richard Andsell's animal subjects often rival those of Landseer both in execution and composition, and place him in the forefront of Victorian sporting art. In Highland Shepherd the placing of both animals and family close to the picture plane, and the horizontal format, give a sense of the isolation of the Scottish landscape, where both flock and family depend on each other for survival. Such pictures found particular favour with Queen Victoria, whose estate at Balmoral, which she acquired in 1848, was referred to as 'her truly Princely & romantic little Kingdom'.

Title
Highland Shepherd
Artist/creator
Production date
1864
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
835 x 1951 x 66 mm
Inscription
R Ansdell 1864. (L.R.)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Mr William Elliot, 1941
Accession no
1941/3/3
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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