Museum of English Rural Life

The Museum of Rural English Life was established in 1951 and is dedicated to collecting artworks that represent the lifestyle and culture of rural England. The museum is run by the University of Reading, growing out of the university's long academic connections with agriculture.

The collection holds around 25,000 artefacts which record England's rural life since 1750. Browse this bold selection of livestock portraiture available as high-quality prints and image licences.

Artworks from the University of Reading Art Collection are also available for licensing and print reproduction on the Art UK shop.

  • ‘The Absolute Unit’ mug and coaster – blue
    Merchandise
    ‘The Absolute Unit’ mug and coaster – blue
    £10.00
  • ‘Please Keep One Absolute Unit Apart’ tea towel
    Merchandise
    ‘Please Keep One Absolute Unit Apart’ tea towel
    £10.00
  • ‘The Chicken in Trousers’ tote bag
    Merchandise
    ‘The Chicken in Trousers’ tote bag
    £10.00
  • ‘The Absolute Unit’ coasters – 4-piece set
    Merchandise
    ‘The Absolute Unit’ coasters – 4-piece set
    £10.00

Art prints and custom framed prints

Each of the following artworks can be purchased as unframed prints in a variety of sizes. We also have an array of high quality frames that are custom built for each print.

  • A Boy with a Picnic
    A Boy with a Picnic Dawkins, H.
  • A Four Shear Ram
    A Four Shear Ram Weaver, Thomas, 1774–1843
  • A Hereford Ox
    A Hereford Ox Whitford, Richard, c.1821–1890
  • A Hereford Ox in a Stall
    A Hereford Ox in a Stall unknown artist
  • A Leicester Ram
    A Leicester Ram Whitford, Richard, c.1821–1890
  • A Longhorn Cow
    A Longhorn Cow Wood, J.
  • A Man on Horseback
    A Man on Horseback unknown artist
  • A Pen of Theaves
    A Pen of Theaves Whitford, Richard, c.1821–1890
  • A Polled Heifer
    A Polled Heifer unknown artist
  • A Shorthorn Bull
    A Shorthorn Bull unknown artist
  • A Shorthorn Cow
    A Shorthorn Cow Vine, John, 1808–1867
  • A Shorthorn Cow
    A Shorthorn Cow unknown artist
  • A Shorthorn Cow with a Figure
    A Shorthorn Cow with a Figure unknown artist
  • A Small Black Cow
    A Small Black Cow unknown artist
  • A Woodsman and His Dog in a Wintery Landscape
    A Woodsman and His Dog in a Wintery Landscape unknown artist
  • Brindled Cattle
    Brindled Cattle Grey, Alfred, 1845–1926
  • 'Count Lavender'
    'Count Lavender' Clark Senior, James, 1860–1902
  • Gloucester Old Spot Pig
    Gloucester Old Spot Pig Page, active 19th C
  • Hereford Ox
    Hereford Ox Clark Senior, James, 1860–1902
  • Highland Landscape
    Highland Landscape unknown artist
  • Man With a Horse and a Greyhound
    Man With a Horse and a Greyhound Sartorius, John Nost, 1759–1828
  • Pond at Woodmansterne, Surrey
    Pond at Woodmansterne, Surrey unknown artist
  • Prize Pig, Royal Agricultural Show, Cardiff
    Prize Pig, Royal Agricultural Show, Cardiff Whitford, Richard, c.1821–1890
  • Romantic Landscape
    Romantic Landscape Rowell, John, d.1756
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