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Heinrich Wilhelm Schweickhardt, Cattle

Key facts
Full title Cattle
Artist Heinrich Wilhelm Schweickhardt
Artist dates 1746 - 1797
Date made 1794
Medium and support Oil on mahogany
Dimensions 46.4 × 61 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Mrs S.F. Hodges, 1852
Inventory number NG1878
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
Heinrich Wilhelm Schweickhardt

Two elegantly curved birch trees frame this harmoniously composed painting. A herdsman lazily contemplates three large oxen from behind a fence, their stillness contrasted with the large rolling clouds above.

Schweickhardt trained in The Hague, Holland, before settling in England; he moved to London in 1787. He made a number of paintings of cattle inspired by Dutch artists of the seventeenth century, particularly Aelbert Cuyp. This may be the painting entitled ‘Cattle’ that was exhibited by the artist at the Royal Academy in 1794.

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