Code 216-6 19th Century Pastoral Painting by William Shayer
This peaceful and serene painting of a country scene depicts a young woman in a rural setting leaning on the back of one of her cows. A wooden fence is to her left nestled among trees. More cows are grazing in the distance to the right where there appears to be a body of water and a shoreline. The delicately carved giltwood frame is absolutely stunning.
William Shayer, Sr. was a self taught artist from Southhampton, who started off painting the bottom of rush chairs and carriages. As he moved to paintings, he produced genre scenes. The skills that he had acquired while doing these paintings, provided him the background and that we would later use to create his beautiful landscapes, for which he became famous. In 1827, the Hampshire Painting Gallery opened and in its first season, he sold 30 paintings. His coastal scenes with fishermen and their boats accounted for the other area of painting he became known for.
This painting has very nice clarity, detail and light and is in very good condition. An old paper art gallery tag from London is on the back of the painting "Near the New Forest, Hampshire."
CONDITION: Very good antique condition. Minor craquelure to sealer, old restorations and very minor losses to gilding on the frame..
H=30, W=25.8, D=2.4
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