Sir Hubert Von Herkomer

Found

1884–5

Artist
Sir Hubert Von Herkomer 1849–1914
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1372 x 2305 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1885
Reference
N01575

Not on display

Display caption

To ensure the total accuracy of his landscapes Von Herkomer painted them wholly on site from the comfort of a moveable studio hut. 'Found' took him about ten weeks to finish, and shows a spot between Portmadoc and Beddgelert in North Wales. He and his family camped out there for the whole period. Into this landscape Von Herkomer introduced an imaginary historical incident. A wounded Roman soldier is found by a Welsh woman who hesitates between compassion and distrust for an occupier of her country. The ravens are another fanciful addition; Von Herkomer admitted that he placed stuffed birds on the rocks so that he could paint them.

Gallery label, August 2004