Sir Hubert Von Herkomer Found 1884–5

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Date 1884–5
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1372 x 2305 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1885
Not on display

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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.

August 2004

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