Oil on canvas painting of a flock of sheep tended by a young shepherd, the setting an idyllic rural, verdant landscape, signed at lower left by well listed American painter CHARLES T. PHELAN (1840-). This is a beautiful example of the artist's work. He specialized in scenes with sheep in countryside. Phelan was a pupil of Frederick Rondel, who was best known as the only formal teacher of Winslow Homer. Phelan exhibited at the National Academy of Design in the early 1880's. He is known to have lived and worked in the Hudson River area, around the city of Poughkeepsie, in the 1870's. This painting is in excellent condition. It has been relined (the original stretchers remain) and under black light there are small scattered areas of inpainting, but they are very small. The frame is in excellent condition. Overall a lovely example of late 19th century American art. Measurements 16" by 12" (23" by 17 1/2").
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