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Although modest in scale, 'The Musical Shepherdess' is one of the most charming of Berchem’s creations in The Wallace Collection. In an idyllic Arcadian landscape, a group of shepherdesses watch their dancing colleague, while to the right the vista stretches into the hazy distance of a mountain view. The picture’s exquisite surface is partly explained by the artist’s use of copper as a support, which enabled him to obtain a much higher degree of finish than would have been possible on canvas.
oil on copper
H 33.8 x W 41.3 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1848; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897