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Robert Watson
Highland sheep
Oil on canvas : 35,7 X 48,5 cm
Signed and dated 1909
Preston, Harris Museum and Art Gallery

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Watson, Robert
"Highland sheep"
About Robert Watson
 
English painter
Brighton 1855 – 1921 Ramsey, Isle of Man
 
Animal painter
Son and pupil of the animal painter William Watson (London 1809 – 1871 Birkenhead).
 
Two of his older brothers, Charles (1837 – 1900) and William Junior (1847 – 1921) were also animal painters. William Davies, a bother-in-law of William Junior was, of course, also an animal painter.
 
Actually four children of Robert Watson’s brother, William Junior, also became animal painters: Caroline Ellen, William R.C., Walter and Sydney.
As to our painter’s four children (three girls and a son), only his son William H. (1886 – 1964) was also an animal painter.
 
Animal painting was extremely in the UK during the 19th century: not only did Queen Victoria love it, so did the aristocracy and the middle classes.
 
About Scottish Highland sheep
 
Scottish Highland sheep are a hardy breed, with thick, shaggy coats that enable them to survive extremely harsh weather. They can tolerate cold and snow, and thrive in bleak, rugged environments where other breeds would perish. In summer, their long lashes and forelocks shield their eyes from flying insects. The female sheep, called ewes, have strong maternal instincts and guard their lambs. The modern Scottish Highland breed is descended from sheep who were raised by monks in the 12th century.
 
Why should you buy this painting?
 
Because you love Scotland and 19th century British animal painting.
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