“ Seven and Eight”. The turn of the century naturalist with a delightful name Pliny McConnell obviously was inclined to a natural order of things. Hence, this 1912 “portrait” of seven French sheep in their fold with a balancing of French hens makes you feel… Comfortable. But can you imagine keeping this number of subjects still in one sitting? (Incidentally, that was the year my two great uncles drove my grandmother to Dallas in an open- air Pope-Toledo touring automobile to hear President Woodrow Wilson speak from the back of his railroad car). Executed during one of his forays onto the continent, this Atlanta artist always returned to his studio to complete his works. Oil on canvas dated and signed lower left and presented in its original oil gilt and painted wood frame 35 x 46.
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