The Edge of a Wood

This is an early work. The influence of works by Paulus Potter, like his 'Landscape with Cows, Sheep and Horses by a Barn' of 1651 in the National Gallery, is apparent in the delicate painting of the animals set in a landscape of feathery trees, shadowed in the middle distance and brightly illuminated by the sun in the foreground.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1636 - 1672
Full title
The Edge of a Wood, with a Sleeping Shepherd, Sheep and Goats
Date made
1658
Medium and support
Oil on oak
Dimensions
27.7 x 38.1 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
NG982
Location in Gallery