About this artwork

Graham's observations of fleeting effects in nature provided the basis for his painting. He captured the transient character of clouds as they float around the mountain tops and descend into the valleys, and recorded their wandering shadows across the slopes. The sense of movement and constant change is echoed in the mountain stream flowing down to the gushing river. One knows too that the presence of the fisherman and sheep, which emphasises the vastness of the rocky terrain, is also temporary. On moving to London, Graham produced series of grand paintings like this, particularly appealing to an urban-based audience.

Updated before 2020

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  • artist:
  • title:
    Wandering Shadows
  • date created:
    1878
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    134.62 x 182.88 cm (framed: 174.40 x 222.80 x 13.40 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the Cowan Smith Bequest Fund 1944
  • accession number:
    NG 1986
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  • subject:
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  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Peter Graham

Peter Graham