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Strhan young mothers  lge

Col. Geoffrey
STRAHAN
British
 [ The young mothers ]
1839- 1916
Signed (Bottom Left). Oils on canvas. Period giltwood & gesso frame.
22 x 18" (55.8 x 45.7 cm.)   Frame 28 ½  x 24 3/4"
Ref. 341 PB1(197) /DNNN/o.anad>DGLN           PRICE CODE  F

This quiet byre interior scene celebrates the miracle of life, still a delight to any farming family no matter how frequently witnessed. In the early light of day, a milkmaid, or possibly the farmer’s wife, and her young daughter who maternally clutches her dolly,  gaze upon a resting young cow and her tiny (probably first born) calf. They rest on a newly straw strewn, paved floor, cow byre,  steam still rising from the recently ‘mucked out’ pile in the corner.

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