Joseph Farquharson (Circle)

The Flock

Joseph Farquharson (Circle)

The Flock

This fine turn-of-the-century drawing depicts a shepherd and his wife following a flock of sheep through a wooded area thick with snow.

It’s exquisitely rendered in minute dashes and crosshatching.

One of the masters of this genre was Scottish artist Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) who produced numerous snow-covered landscapes with sheep. He painted ‘en plein air’ (outside), often from a portable painting hut with a stove, and was known affectionately as ‘Frozen Mutton Farquharson’.

Here we see his influence - in this adroitly composed chilly vista.

Framed and glazed.

Learn more about Joseph Farquharson in our directory.

Medium: Pen and ink on paper
Overall size: 20” x 16” / 51cm x 40cm
Year of creation: c. 1890
Condition: Artwork presents well.

Conservation & History

We care profoundly about our role as custodians and every piece in the collection has been assessed by our conservator. When required, we undertake professional restoration carefully using reversible techniques and adopt a light touch to retain the aged charm of each work. We also restore frames rather than replace them as many are original and selected by the artists themselves.

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