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
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