“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton“Feeding the Sheep,”  a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton

Occasionally a talented artist opens a window onto his or her view of the world. Dorothy Hilton has done this and more in this magical, wonderful painting of sheep at twilight.

Most of my reference books can only note that Ms. Hilton exhibited paintings between the years 1911 and 1914. I have, however, found a single reference that states that she was born in 1880 and died in 1973. She studied at three top British art schools; in Birmingham, at the Slade in London, and at Bushey in Hertsfordshire, which was under the direction at the time of Lucy Kemp-Welch, the accomplished animal painter. Hilton not only was a watercolor artist, but an enamel painter whose work included dog miniatures; she was an associate member of the Royal Miniature Society (RMS). Interestingly, she is also listed as a toy maker. Hilton exhibited at the Royal Academy and the RMS in London, but also at various exhibitions in the north of England, from Manchester on up to the Lake District, where she lived in the tiny village of Portinscale, whose name in Old English means “the harlot’s hut.”

In this work Hilton lit up the landscape by infusing the colors of the setting sun onto the landscape. An atmospheric lavender and pink haze gives the scene an unforgettable appearance.

The leafless trees are silhouetted against the winter sky as sheep are fed by a worker throwing hay from a wagon pulled by a draft horse. The sheep instinctively are following the wagon. The painting gives us a sense of serenity not only by the landscape but by the way in which the animals are cared for.

This is a beautiful painting by a talented artist with a unique vision. It is mounted in a French line mount placed on top of a gray mat.
It is housed in a turned wood and silvered frame that suits the painting quite well. The frame is modern and in generally excellent condition, but with a few small nicks. A label on the back offers information on the artist.

The watercolor is in superb condition. The colors are fresh; the hues of the paint are rich. There is no damage to it whatsoever.

It measures 22 inches wide by 18 inches high, including the frame.

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“Feeding the Sheep,” a 19th Century Victorian Watercolor by Dorothy Hilton

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