A Shepherdess

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A Shepherdess
This spirited preparatory drawing is associated with a composition of 1856 called ‘A Shepherdess Knitting’. There are two versions, one in the Cincinnati Art Museum and another in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Millet’s paintings of shepherdesses were greatly admired, and inspired Vincent van Gogh to pay homage to Millet in his own work.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.



  • Acc. No. D 3729
  • Medium Black chalk with touches of blue chalk on pale buff paper
  • Size 22.80 x 15.10 cm
  • Credit Mr A.E. Anderson Gift 1929