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Reframing the Wild explores the relationships between humans, animals, and art, drawing on various art objects to demonstrate how humans have shaped understandings of the natural world through art. From the eighteenth century, imperialism, industrialisation and scientific developments transformed, challenged, and threatened relationships between humans and animals. This exhibition aims to provoke viewers to consider the ways in which wildlife exists only as defined by humans.


Reframing the Wild took place at Wolverhampton Art Gallery in 2019, curated by Dr Kate Nichols, Fellow of the University of Birmingham's Department of Art History, and Dr Samuel Shaw, Teaching Fellow in Nineteenth Century Art at the University of Leicester.

22 artworks
The Creation
Photo credit: Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Creation 1921

George Spencer Watson (1869–1934)

Oil on canvas

H 162 x W 142 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

A Tiger
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A Tiger 1818

Charles Towne (1781–1854)

Oil on panel

H 33.5 x W 22 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Italian Dancing-Dog Master
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Italian Dancing-Dog Master 1790–1819

Edward Bird (1772–1819)

Oil on canvas

H 91.5 x W 63.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

St Valentine's Morning
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St Valentine's Morning 1863

John Callcott Horsley (1817–1903)

Oil on canvas

H 59.5 x W 71.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

'Love me, love my dog'
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'Love me, love my dog' 1853

Charles Baxter (1809–1879)

Oil on board

H 26 x W 22 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Sunday Afternoon
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Sunday Afternoon 1853

Edward Thompson Davis (1833–1867)

Oil on canvas

H 72.5 x W 42 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Pet Bird
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The Pet Bird 1820–1870

Daniel Maclise (1806–1870)

Oil on canvas

H 92 x W 70.6 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Waiting
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Waiting 1840–1875

George Armfield (1810–1893)

Oil on canvas

H 51 x W 61 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

A Prize Bull
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A Prize Bull 1800–1876

Edmund Bristow (1787–1876)

Oil on canvas

H 61.5 x W 77 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Cattle and Sheep
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Cattle and Sheep 1868

William Huggins (1820–1884)

Oil on board

H 34 x W 49.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

A Girl with Two Calves
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A Girl with Two Calves 1896

Walter Hunt (1861–1941)

Oil on canvas

H 114.5 x W 77 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Girl with Two Cows
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Girl with Two Cows 1890–1950

Giffard Hocart Lenfestey (1872–1943)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 76 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Feeding the Chicks
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Feeding the Chicks 1862

John Linnell (1792–1882)

Oil on canvas

H 26 x W 32.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Four Sheep
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Four Sheep 1874

Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803–1902)

Oil on panel

H 45 x W 35 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Landscape with Cattle and Fowl
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Landscape with Cattle and Fowl 1874

Thomas Sidney Cooper (1803–1902)

Oil on canvas

H 42.5 x W 53.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Waiting to Be Fed
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Waiting to Be Fed 1906

Edgar Hunt (1876–1953)

Oil on canvas

H 61 x W 45.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Donkey
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The Donkey 1897

Walter Hunt (1861–1941)

Oil on canvas

H 30.5 x W 40.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Village Cobbler
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The Village Cobbler 1885

Thomas Hill (active 1878–1913)

Oil on canvas

H 49.3 x W 39.4 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

The Silken Gown
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The Silken Gown 1860

Thomas Faed (1825–1900)

Oil on canvas

H 76 x W 63.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

A Good Day
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A Good Day 1875

Friedrich Voltz (1817–1886)

Oil on canvas

H 80.5 x W 124 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Still Life with Dead Duck
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Still Life with Dead Duck 1830–1873

William Davis (1812–1873)

Oil on canvas

H 76 x W 61.5 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

Grace before Meal
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Grace before Meal 1700–1799

Gerrit Dou (1613–1675) (after)

Oil on panel

H 24.8 x W 20.3 cm

Wolverhampton Arts and Heritage

pony_jpg
Photo credit: Wolverhampton Art Gallery

Leading the Barge Pony

Leading The Barge Pony