Champion Hereford Steer
Thomas Roebuck, Artist of this 19th century painting, was born in 1806 and was believed to have lived in Kirk Ireton, Derbyshire.
Best known for his contributions to naïve art, Roebuck epitomises the charming style of the time. True to the style, Roebuck fills the background of this painting with great detail – creating a truly beautiful and interesting portrait.
In this painting of a Champion Hereford Steer, Roebuck has exaggerated the proportions of the animal to indicate that the depicted steer was of great importance. This was a technique often used by artists within the 19th century and gave a clear indication as to which animals were viewed as ‘Superstar’s of the show yards at the time.
These highly regarded animals were travelled around the country where people paid just to see them for their amazing stature..