An hand-coloured woodcut taken from the Illustrated London news of 1879.
From the original oil painting by R. Beavis, which featured in the Royal Academy Exhibition of 1878.
The engravers initials (L R) can be seen in the lower left of the picture, but his name is unknown.
(The original oil painting is believed to be currently in a private collection and not available for public viewing)
Richard Beavis, who was a prolific painter of landscapes, rustic, agricultural and military subjects, was born at Exmouth and spent his early life at Sidmouth. He trained at the School of Design at Somerset House from 1846. For a number of years he worked as a designer for Trollope, a manufacturer of interior furnishings, only painting in his leisure moments. However, in 1867-8 he settled in Boulogne, where he adapted his style of painting to take account of the innovations of J. F. Millet and the contemporary Barbizon school. In 1875 he travelled in the Middle East, visiting the Holy Land and Egypt, an experience that led to occasional oriental subjects in later years. Beavis worked in both oil and watercolour, and exhibited widely in London, notably at the Royal Academy and the Royal Water-Colour Society (of which body he was a member from 1892).