Painting of Orkney and Shetland sheep

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Painting of Orkney and Shetland sheep

This oil painting of Orkney and Shetland sheep, painted full size, is by William Shiels. It was painted around 1835.

The ram in the picture is one of an old breed from Eynhallow; the ewe is from Rousay in Orkney; and the lamb is crossed with the Cheviot breed.

The artist, William Shiels. was commissioned by Professor David Low of the Department of Agriculture at Edinburgh University to travel round the British Isles to record all the domesticated breeds of British animals.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-886-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.OD 97
Date: Around 1835
C. 1835
Material: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 1270 mm x 1520 mm
What: Painting, oil
Who: William Shiels (Delineator)
Where: Scotland, Orkney, Rousay
Scotland, Shetland, Eynhallow
Description: Oil painting of Orkney and Shetland sheep by William Shiels, c. 1835
  • Cheape, H. et al. At Home: Ten Years Collecting From Historic Scotland. Edinburgh: HMSO; 1984 pp 90-3 
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