Curator's Choice: A Pen of Theaves
Whitford, Richard, c.1821–1890
Artist Richard Whitford paints traditional rural life with this familiar image of a sheep herder and his flock standing on a hill overlooking the vast English countryside. Whitford was a specialist in animal portraiture and his paintings were highly sought after, with Queen Victoria owning several of his pieces at Shaw Farm in Windsor.
The collection is home to many other naturalist paintings from a range of artists depicting the evergreen countryside, its livestock and rural life.