Andrew McCallum (1821-1902) was born in Nottingham and apprenticed unwillingly to his father’s business. At the age of 22 he left to pursue art studies. He did well, exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy throughout his life, and making a living via the teaching of art in Manchester and Stourbridge. His reputation rests on his many woodland scenes of which this is a beautiful example. Such was his reputation that Queen Victoria commissioned him to paint five views near Balmoral, a great coup for the artist that elevated his standing in the artistic world.