Pair of Antique Scottish Watercolor Portraits of Shepherd Boys
This pair of watercolor portraits is signed and dated 1834.
They show two young Scottish shepherd boys (possibly brothers?). Each boy wears a blue tam o’ shanter.*
One portrait shows a young boy standing with his dog and holding a whip. The matching portrait shows the other boy standing beside a sheep. An inscription found on the back of one frame states: “The Little Shepherd Boys. To John Forster. For his New Year’s Gift- from James Wood-1st Jan 1834.”
The portraits are framed In appropriate period wood frames.
Dimensions: 10.25″ height x 8.75″ wide
Condition: Good; there is slight wear to the parcel gilt of the inner frame
*The tam o’ shanter is a flat bonnet, originally made of wool hand-knitted in one piece, stretched on a wooden disc to give the distinctive flat shape, and subsequently felted. The earliest forms of these caps, known as a blue bonnet from their typical color, were made by bonnet-makers in Scotland.