Photo credit: Atkinson Art Gallery Collection
The artist is currently recorded as 'unknown', can you help? Perhaps identifying the breed of sheep or dating the gentlemen's clothing?
The artist has been amended to 'attributed to Charles Jones (1836–1902)'.
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Robert H Watson by whom there are paintings at the Williamson Art Gallery and Gallery Oldham is a possibility
It could be Anton Mauve
It could be Joseph Farquharson too:
Judging by the clothing, I should think the 1880s. One of the figures wears a tam-o'shanter (sp?) cap. Therefore a Scottish scene?
I think that Betty is undoubtedly correct about the subject . The very distinctive way of painting snow and the style of the two figures seem to me to be the keys to finding an answer. One perhaps should consider the possibility that the picture may be a collaboration between two artists, a figure painter and an animalier. Collaborations of this kind were quite common in the second half of the nineteenth century, often involving quite well know artists.
Those look to be Scottish Blackface sheep - photo here. http://www.hisha.org.uk/Text/Scottish Blackface.htm
Robert Watson [born 1865] lived in Southport, the town of the Atkinson Art Gallery
Scottish Blackface Sheep. Possibly by Edward Duncan
I'm proposing Charles 'Sheep' Jones (1836-1892) - the shepherd in the first link below looks very similar to the far shepherd in the Atkinson picture, the foreground twigs, grass etc seem quite convincing too:
I am sure that Tim is correct - look at the treatment of the snow in Jones' pictures - very distinctive. Jones was a very regular exhibitor in Liverpool, and one might well be able to find this painting in one of the exhibition catalogues.
Henry Hetherington Emmerson (Chester-le-Street 1831 – Cullercoats 1895) ? Just a guess! It shoud be signed, if so, in a monogram.
The Atkinson could also compare it directly with another of Charles Jones' winter sheep landscapes they own: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/the-morning-after-a-stormy-night-66061. It also compares favourably with Truro's http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/paintings/on-the-hills-of-scotland-winter-14362. The Charles Jones attribution seems to me very much stronger than the others that have been made. If we have some more supporting opinions I shall make a formal recommendation to the PCF.
This has not attracted any more comments so I am happy to formally recommend the strong attribution to Charles Jones (1836-1892) first made by Tim Williams.
The collection has commented via email:
"Thank you – I’m happy to accept the attribution