Resting Goat Herder - Original 19th-century pen & ink drawing


An original 19th-century pen & ink drawing, Resting Goat Herder.

An exquisitely detailed and precise drawing in black ink. Quite remarkably this has been drawn freehand, without even graphite underdrawing. The artist is anonymous but the picture forms part of a group of similar works that we have for sale, associated with the esteemed English painter and lithographer Newton Smith Limbird Fielding (1799-1856) who lived and worked for much of his life in Paris. There is a possibility that this design was drawn by someone involved in illustration and engraving. This image, and others in the collection, also have affinities with the subjects of the great mid-19th century French Realist painters of rural life and labour, such Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet.

The drawing is laid down on a backing paper which has historically been inscribed at the lower left: ‘done with pen & ink’.

Unsigned. Inscribed lower left on backing paper: 'Done with pen & ink'.
Some minor age toning and slight foxing, as shown. Closed tear to the lower edge of the backing paper, which does not affect the image.
22.6cm x 29.9cm.

This picture is one of an interesting collection of works that we have for sale that were collected by a single owner in the 19th century. As such, they reflect the life of the collector - the Continental travels and habitations of a British Victorian. Many of the works are exquisitely executed and small in scale, and have the quality of souvenir or memento. The majority of the works are French in subject and their owner evidently had connections with Newton Smith Limbird Fielding (1799-1856), the esteemed English painter and lithographer who lived and worked for much of his life in Paris, exhibiting at the Paris Salon and Musée Colbert. Newton Fielding, along with his brother Thales, was a friend of Eugène Delacroix, and was appointed drawing master to the children of the Duke of Orleans, the future king Louis-Philippe. Interestingly, the owner of this collection of works also had an interest in the Royals, collecting prints relating to both British and French monarchy. There are also works in the collection depicting Switzerland and paintings of the Neapolitan School, reflecting the influence of the European Grand Tour on 19th century British tastes.

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Product code: JN-110

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