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Prize Ram

Details

Artist

Unknown

Title

Prize Ram

Date

About 1870

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

H: 53.6 x W: 64 cm

Reference

CVCSC:0061.F

Collection

British Folk Art

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The dramatic improvements in animal husbandry and selective breeding that took place from the 1750s onwards led to a demand for animal portraiture, as prosperous farmers commissioned artists to record their prize animals for posterity. Before the introduction of books devoted to the various breeds, it was a means of advertising the quality and ancestry of a farmer’s stock. Though artists were often required to paint exaggerated portraits, there was a fashion for exhibiting animals which had been fattened to an extraordinary size.

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