The picture evolved in two main stages: initially the main central scene was worked on and then the support was enlarged all round. The central part of the composition was altered; X-radiographs reveal a group of cottages which was subsequently painted out.

The composition recurs with slight variations in 'The Watering Place'.

Key facts

Artist dates
1577 - 1640
Full title
A Shepherd with his Flock in a Woody Landscape
Date made
probably 1615-22
Medium and support
Oil on oak
64.3 x 94.3 cm
Acquisition credit
Presented by Rosalind, Countess of Carlisle, 1913
Inventory number
Location in Gallery