This work has also been attributed to Robert Hills, who collaborated with artists such as Robson, supplying foreground animals to their landscapes. This work is particularly interesting for its looseness and calligraphic quality. The artist has sketched the chickens with a well-loaded brush. The ink is rich, black and shiny in areas, which contrasts with the white of the paper. This is both accentuated and complemented by the dry brush-work which has been worked over the sheet loosely to suggest the surrounding landscape.
Gallery label, August 2004