7_Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest by McCallum

Oak Trees in Sherwood ForestAndrew McCallum, 1877

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.


Reproduced by kind permission of Manchester Art Gallery

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • When looking at the background of the painting, what did you notice?
  • What three or four words did you use to describe the atmosphere of the painting?
  • When you imagined yourself into the painting what did your fingertips touch?
  • How did you feel about being in the painting?
  • Has your opinion of the painting altered in any way after doing this guided noticing exercise?
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