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'Orphan of the Storm'

Henry Hetherington Emmerson (Chester-le-Street 1831 – Cullercoats 1895)

Category

Art / Oil paintings

Date

1875 (signed and dated)

Materials

Oil on canvas

Measurements

530 x 1050 mm; 770 mm (Height); 1290 mm (Width)

Place of origin

Northumberland

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Collection

Cragside, Northumberland (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Cragside, Northumberland, North, National Trust

NT 1230350

Caption

An orphaned lamb turns its head towards us plaintively, left vulnerable to the bleak winter weather. Its little form stands out against the brooding clouds and the body of its deadmother lying amid the snow. This is one of a number of paintings at Cragside painted by Henry Hetherington Emmerson in the 1870s.

Summary

Oil painting on canvas, 'Orphan of the Storm', by Henry Hetherington Emmerson (Chester-le-Street 1831 – Cullercoats 1895), signed and dated 1875. A dead sheep and an orphan lamb in a snowy landscape.

Provenance

Presumably acquired by Sir William George Armstrong, 1st Baron Armstrong of Cragside (1810-1900); recorded at Cragside by E. Rimbault Dibdin in ‘Lord Armstrong’s Collection of Modern Pictures. I’, in The Magazine of Art, March 1891; thence by descent; transferred by the Treasury to The National Trust in 1977 via the National Land Fund, aided by 3rd Baron Armstrong of Bamburgh and Cragside (1919 - 1987).

Credit line

Cragside, The Armstrong Collection (acquired through the National Land Fund and transferred to the National Trust in 1977)

Marks and inscriptions

Bottom left: HHEmmerson 1875 On a label hanging from the frame: 'ORPHAN OF THE STORM’ / 1875 / H. H. EMMERSON 1831-1895

Makers and roles

Henry Hetherington Emmerson (Chester-le-Street 1831 – Cullercoats 1895), artist

References

E. Rimbault Dibdin, ‘Lord Armstrong’s Collection of Modern Pictures. – I.’, The Magazine of Art, vol.125, March 1891 , p.163

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