Turner was a regular visitor to Petworth House, the home of his friend and patron, Lord Egremont. The West Sussex estate was maintained by the Earl as a model centre for modern agriculture with arable fields and grazing for cattle, sheep and deer. These two scenes featuring animals are characteristic of a series of informal watercolour and gouache studies on blue paper which Turner made during a stay at Petworth in 1827. With minimal brushstrokes and lack of background detail, the artist has vividly captured the essence of a brief observed moment.
Gallery label, May 2007