After my foray into the world of art criticism (don’t give up your day job, friends told me!) this caught my eye.
‘A Prize Ewe’ by the Victorian animal painter Richard Whitford (1854-1887) is for sale at the Hanover Square Gallery.
It’s an oil on canvas (do I sound as if I know what I’m talking about here?), measures 14ins by 18ins and is of a Suffolk sheep. It’s signed and dated 1878.
Whitford’s paintings included the Great Northamptonshire Shorthorn, Quicksilver – a prize winning horse – and A Prize Cow.
“It is a superb collector’s painting of its kind – something which will provide great enjoyment and be an heirloom to pass on”, said a spokesman for the gallery.
They reckon it might appeal to sheep breeders and could be the answer to finding a very special Christmas present for a loved one.
I thought about it, then saw the price tag: six grand!
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