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Named after the county of Gloucestershire, the three female pigs are Gloucester Old Spots, a breed described c.1780 as being 'derived from crossing the original Gloucestershire pig – a large, off-white variety with the unimproved Berkshire, a sandy-coloured prick-eared pig with spots'. Two pigs lie contentedly on their thick bed of straw, a third, which appears in the late stages of pregnancy, stands to one side of the timbered byre, its spots clearly visible. A besom stands against the back wall, right.
oil on canvas
H 61 x W 74 cm
purchased as part of the Bullough Estate, 1957
G. M. 1796