A Present from the Country

George Sherriff, Artist

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in circa 1860-1919. The place where it was made is unknown.
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About the Work
“The fact that the game isn’t hung as a traditional brace but instead simply nailed to a rustic wooden fence gives me the notion this is the illicit spoils of a poacher’s bag! The soft tones of the underbelly fur of the hare and the rabbit, so skillfully painted, is complemented by the red climber in one corner while the duck’s speculum feathers are accentuated by the trailing green ivy in the other. The red flowers top left as an interrelation with the bottom right foliage hasn’t gone unnoticed. The rust stains on the fence and the attendant flies are tiny but wonderful observations and the glow of yellow light with the reddening vine to me echo an early autumn evening.”
- Tracy Byatt 'My Choice' March 2021
Image: 935 x 780mm
Frame: 1180 x 1030 mm
oil on canvas
'Vanitas' of a dead duck, hare, and rabbit hanging side by side on a wooden paling fence. The dead game are framed by creepers and ivy, several blowflies are shown in detail.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Gift of the artist.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
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