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Welsh moor with sheep

Oil Painting
1879 (painted)
Artist/Maker

Alfred Walter Williams (1824-1905) was the youngest of six brothers who all took up painting and who all specialised in landscapes. His style of work was most similar to his brother S. R. Percy, with whom he went to live after their father's death in 1855. The two brothers travelled together to Scotland in the 1850's and both were influenced by the areas they visited. Both brothers also had a love of the Snowdonia area of North Wales.

Alfred Walter's landscapes often incorporated scenes of seasonal outdoor life, including autumn and harvest scenes. This particular example shows the herding of sheep in the Welsh hills and includes the sense of bleakness and unpleasant weather which was characteristic of so much of his work.


object details
Category
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Oil on canvas
Brief Description
Oil painting on canvas, 'Welsh Moor with Sheep', Alfred Walter Williams, 1879
Physical Description
Bleak moorland landscape. In the left-centre foreground is a shepherd holding a crook in his left hand and reaching out his right hand as a signal to the black and white dog who stands beside him. A large flock of sheep, roughly divided into two groups, makes its way across the moor in the direction of the shepherd. It is possible that another shepherd follows up at the rear of the flock.
Dimensions
  • Estimate height: 35in
  • Estimate width: 59in
Dimensions taken from Summary catalogue of British Paintings, Victoria and Albert Museum, 1973
Marks and Inscriptions
A W Williams 1879 (Signed)
Credit line
Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon
Object history
Bequeathed by Joshua Dixon, 1886
Subjects depicted
Summary
Alfred Walter Williams (1824-1905) was the youngest of six brothers who all took up painting and who all specialised in landscapes. His style of work was most similar to his brother S. R. Percy, with whom he went to live after their father's death in 1855. The two brothers travelled together to Scotland in the 1850's and both were influenced by the areas they visited. Both brothers also had a love of the Snowdonia area of North Wales.



Alfred Walter's landscapes often incorporated scenes of seasonal outdoor life, including autumn and harvest scenes. This particular example shows the herding of sheep in the Welsh hills and includes the sense of bleakness and unpleasant weather which was characteristic of so much of his work.
Bibliographic Reference
The Williams Family of Painters by Jan Reynolds (Antique Collectors' Club, 1975)
Collection
Accession Number
998-1886

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record createdApril 3, 2006
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