The shepherd tends to his flock under the glow of the evening moonlight his cottage sits deep within a valley where ‘in the far distance’ a few buildings and a church are nestled in between a forest of trees. The reflection from the moon highlights the stretch of water separating the landscape from the mountains on the horizon. The glow from the moon and the lights from the windows of the cottage add to the romantic feel at the end of a hard day’s work. The location may be imaginary or real but the scene could be from Scotland or Wales.
The picture is beautifully presented with a new washline mount. Two old tears in dark areas of the painting have been repaired and are inconspicuous. Each tear runs vertically from the bottom of the sheet, the first lie in between the dog and the shepherd, the second in the middle of the tree trunk on the far right, the picture has also been cleaned. All work has been carried out by an accredited paper conservator.