The landscape oil sketches which Garrard painted in the 1790s were probably executed in the open air, and seem chiefly to have been made for his own enjoyment. Nevertheless, he later adapted this one for the background of one of his paintings, The Holderness Cow, which he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1797. As well as specialising in pictures of rustic genre, Garrard also produced a wide range of animal subjects in plaster and bronze. In 1798 he helped secure the passing of an important Copyright Act for sculptors with the help of his patron, Samuel Whitbread II ( 1764-1815), a Whig MP and son of the founder of the famous brewery.
Gallery label, September 2004