Although there are numerous paintings with this subject matter, this one stands out. It is actually an intimate portrait of a ewe with her lambs.
The ewe was expertly painted with great attention to its facial features. The lambs are also well depicted with pleasing expressions. The rest of the sheep herd are resting in the background hills.
The foreground was painted with meadow grass with small brambles mixed in. Even these brambles and tall grasses are well defined. The expanse of blue sky with white billowing clouds adds to the ambience of the scene. This watercolor is reminiscent of the work of the renowned Victorian artist, Thomas S. Cooper (1803-1902), who is best known for his paintings of cattle and sheep.
It was placed in a French line mount and a single soft color mat. It is housed in a vintage wood turned frame that was painted in silver to harmonize with the watercolor. All in all, this is a very pretty piece of Victorian art.
The condition of the watercolor is excellent. The colors are still fresh and vibrant. There is no foxing or other damage. The silvered frame is also in excellent condition, though there are some minute bits of silvering loss, especially near the corners.
It measures 22 inches wide and 17-1/2 inches high, including the frame.
Victorian 19th Century Watercolor of Sheep in a Landscape