Jimmy’s Forge

Original, Painting | 94 × 66 cm | Framed


As quoted by David: “I tracked Jimmy down in Hertfordshire where he still works in an original forge with bellow and a real fire. To complete the painting, Jimmy also found Harry the horse who lived nearby. All the time Jimmy was working, his labours were keenly observed by his two Jack Russell terriers who were actually behaving themselves for once. Again, featuring a more romantic age when horses were shod in a forge with the bellows and the roaring hot flames of the fire. I sketched it in what was then a working forge near Bishop’s Stortford in Essex which I fear has now closed down. What a pity because these are shining examples to show to children of how things used to operate – perhaps more slowly but also often more efficiently.’

850 limited editions were printed in April 2003.

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David Shepherd CBE

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
David Shepherd CBE was a founding father of the wildlife art movement whose work has become synonymous with Africa, wildlife and conservation. Known as ‘The Man who Loved Giants’ for his iconic elephant artwork, for decades his paintings have graced the walls of homes, libraries, exhibitions and public spaces and excite a passion in the viewer much like the emotion he felt during the creation of his work.

David was best loved for his archetypal African scenes portraying dusty waterholes teaming with life, capturing the heat and haze of an African landscape, all of which bring to life the sounds, smells and textures of a continent he called his second home. Beyond wildlife art, David had a prolific painting career which focused on many other topics and subjects. With an equal passion and love for military subjects, steam trains, landscapes and lesser seen portraits, his numerous originals and prints are held by collectors around the world.