1_Southland_Hills by Farquharson

The Sun Peeped O’er Yon Southland HillsJoseph Farquharson, date unknown

Scottish landscape painter, Joseph Farquharson (pronounced Farkerson) was born in 1846 and died in 1935. A Scottish laird with estates in the Highlands, he is most famous for his snowbound wintery landscapes featuring sheep, often at sunrise or sunset.

He was educated in Edinburgh and permitted by his father to paint only on Saturdays using his father’s paint box.

On reaching 12 years old, Farquharson’s father bought him his first set of paints and only a year later he exhibited his first painting at the Royal Scottish Academy.

Many of Farquharson’s paintings feature unusual and often lengthy titles. Many of them were taken from poems by Burns, Milton, Shakespeare or Gray.


By Joseph Farquharson (1846-1935) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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?
  • How do you feel now you’ve completed this activity? If you enjoyed it, why not add more Look at Paintings audio guides to your week? And don’t forget, you can take these guides with you to your local gallery and try them whilst standing in front of ‘real life’ art

Wrap Up Your Painting

  • Do you feel differently about this painting now that you’ve completed the activity?
  • Did it make you look at the sheep again when you realized they were probably painted from models?
  • Were you alone in this landscape or did you imagine there was someone else with you?
  • Did this activity help you to slow down, take time out? If you enjoyed it, why not try more listening guides and make them a part of your week?