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Found! Shepherds Call Collie Shepherd Print Walter Hunt
Found • Shepherd's Call • Rescue of a Lost FriendThis is a brand new version of this print that, as far as I know, has NEVER been available to the public before now. Due to some unforeseen difficulties, we were unable to get more of the other version of this print (Attributed to Albrecht Schenck) from the publisher. The GOOD NEWS is, that we were able to find what we believe to be a BETTER rendition at a gallery in England. The original painting has been sold, but the kind folks at Burlington Painting Gallery in UK had kept careful records and documentation of this beautiful work. We were able to reach an agreement with them for reproduction - so we could continue to share this with our customers.
by Walter Hunt
Print of Collie or English Shepherd Dog with Lamb
Walter Hunt painted the original in 1906 (it is signed and dated by him) It measured an impressive 30" x 45". This print measures 11" x 17" (image area) and is printed on heavy, glossy paper. There is a white border on all four sides, and the paper size is 13" x 19".
Careful inspection of this work in comparision with the other version of Found reveals several subtle differences. Our version has a great deal more detail in both the Collie and the lamb, and there is more foliage visible, also with greater detail.
It is unknown which work is the original - and an internet search will reveal a great deal of information on the topic - none of it is conclusive. In the days before the printing press, it was common for artists to be hired to create copies of popular paintings for wealthy folks to hang in their homes. So it is likely that one is a copy of the other - we just don't know which came first.
However, Walter Hunt is known for his sensitive depictions of dogs, Collies in particular, so it is my personal feeling that this is the first version - as it is more detailed and seems to have a better anatomical depiction of the two animals. The area around the dog's ear supports this idea, I think.
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