Driving sheep across the river, Scottish Lowlands, 1934
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William Pratt

Scottish ( b.1855 – d.1936 )

Driving sheep across the river, Scottish Lowlands, 1934

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed & dated 1934 lower right

Image size 17.3 inches x 23.4 inches ( 44cm x 59.5cm )
Frame size 24.4 inches x 30.5 inches ( 62cm x 77.5cm )

£4,895.00

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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by William Pratt, dating from 1934.
The painting is presented and supplied in its’ original ornate frame (which is shown in these photographs). The painted surfaces and canvas have benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2022 on our instructions.
This antique piece is in very good condition, commensurate with its age. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed and dated lower right.

William Pratt was one of an accomplished group of Scottish artists who specialised in painting scenes of country life around the turn of the nineteenth century. He painted figures, marine and landscapes and was equally adept with oils or watercolour work. His work has a warmth, directness and sympathy. He captures the spirit of the subject but without being overly romantic. His subjects range from portraiture of significant figures of the day to scenes of simple rural life, often depicting the hardship of ordinary folk.

The Scottish critic James I. Caw wrote of Pratt that he was “an accomplished artist”, who was “painting with vigour, drawing soundly and well, putting complex materials together with commendable skill and not deficient in ideas or sympathy”

William Pratt was born in Glasgow on April 17th 1855. His parents were Arthur Pratt, a house builder, and Margaret, formerly Chisholm. He was received his formal training firstly at the Glasgow School of Art, then at the Academie Julian’s in Paris. His artistic influences were the Scottish painter Sir David Wilkie RA and the Irish artist William Mulready RA.

He exhibited regularly from 1880, at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists, the Paris Salon, where he had an honorary mention, the Edinburgh Exhibition, winning a bronze medal in 1886, Liverpool and Munich.

Pratt lived all his life in the Glasgow area, first at Kirkintilloch, then Hunaless, Lenzie, where he died in 1936. He enjoyed gardening and golf and was a member of the Glasgow Art Society.

Pratt’s paintings are very much appreciated today, his work is represented in the Gallery of Modern Art in Venice, the Glasgow Art Gallery, the City of Edinburgh collection, the National Museum in Northern Ireland and various Scottish County Councils.

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This original oil on canvas depicts a large flock of sheep being driven across a river in the Scottish Lowlands. The river meanders into the foreground, and seems to be flowing swiftly, although it is obviously not too deep for the sheep to cross. Behind the sheep we see the shepherd who is directing his flock with his arms and holds a crock in his right hand. There are scrubby trees in the foreground on the edge of the riverbank and one or two much larger trees in the distance. In the background the rolling hills rise steeply, touching the white clouds in the blue sky. The muted delicate palette gives this piece a very pretty aspect.

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