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A Shepherdess and her Flock by Susan Waters

Documentation Signed
Origin United States, New Jersey
Period 19th Century
Materials Oil on canvas, original gilt frame
W. 54 in; H. 42 in;
W. 137.16 cm; H. 106.68 cm;
Condition Good. Very good condition.
Creation Date 1875
Description Signed Mrs. Susan C Waters (1823-1900) and dated 1876, lower right.

After many years as an itinerant painter, Susan Waters and her husband settled permanently in Bordentown NJ in 1866. Here Waters painted animal and still life pictures in a sophisticated and academic style. She exhibited two works of animal subjects at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876. After this she became a local celebrity in Bordentown, best known for her renderings of sheep grazing in landscapes of which this is a fine example. Here she has depicted a shepherdess in the face of an oncoming storm leading her sheep and lambs down a hill to safer ground. In her arms is a new lamb, wrapped in a blue cloth. In the distant background, another shepherd is gathering the stragglers behind. In her customary attention to detail, Waters has captured the expressive gazes of the sheep, their wooly coats and the look of concern on the shepherdess's face, all surrounded by a romanticized landscape. A fine, large painting with more drama than most of Waters' other pastoral scenes.
Styles / Movements Other
Incollect Reference Number 396753
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