1872 – Sheep and Lambs


“Sheep and Lambs” – by Harrison Weir, is a full page book plate image, taken from “Animals and their Young”, by Harland Coultas, and published by S.W.Partridge & Co, in 1891. This pleasant study, is of the common sheep with her two lambs. It is an excellent example of unimposing, quiet fortitude and power as implied and expressed in the mother sheep, juxtaposed against the calm acceptance and somewhat relaxed attitude of the lambs. The drawing itself was executed in 1872, and probably published in “The Children’s Friend”, but of this we currently have no evidence. Only the date, included in with the signature, in plate. Once again, the drawing is imbued with the mood of conservation, and of a balance between fear and respect for the wild. We view this seemingly calm domestic scene, through the eyes of the naturalist, interested in showing us a glimpse of the truth in nature. Likewise, reminiscent of a “still” shot, taken from a modern documentary, we get to see a tranquil moment in the life of these normally domesticated beauties.

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Detail: Sheep and Lambs, by Harrison Weir       Book Cover

Detail: 1872 – Sheep and Lambs                                         Book Cover:  Animals and their Young, by Harland Coultas

Detail: Sheep and Lambs, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Sheep and Lambs, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1872 – Sheep and Lambs                                       (Last detail, with artist’s signature and date, in plate)

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