The cattle of William Field (Tasmania), Frederick Frith
  • Artist
    Frederick Frith
  • Born
    1819
  • Died
    1871
  • Title
    The cattle of William Field (Tasmania)
  • Date of Production
    1860
  • Medium
    oil on canvas
  • Dimensions
    63.3 x 75.8 cm
  • Credit Details
    Purchased 1979

Frederick Frith

The cattle of William Field (Tasmania)

By 1855 Frederick Frith, a painter and photographer who had practised in England, Scotland and Ireland before coming to Australia, had settled in Hobart where he worked as a portrait and animal painter as well as a "chromatype" artist.

A well known breeder of prize livestock William Field, inherited land in Northern Tasmania along with the country mansion Enfield and a share in the family fortune.  This painting of some of Field's prize cattle set against a view of Enfiled has their names - Miss Points, Mimic, Young Enfield, Faultless and Maiden -  inscribed on a strip of canvas attached to the base, and reflects the owners pride in his cattle as well as the gentlemanly lifestyle he enjoyed.