Carved Stone Animal Group
A carved stone group of three sheep, with two sheep prancing alongside each other, the third situated at the rear, by English artist Royston Clapp (1929-2009), English ca. 1980. 35 ins. high, 55 ins. long, 29 ins. wide.
Royston Clapp went to the Bristol Art School in the late 1940s and early 1950s. He then taught at a secondary school and later lectured at Liverpool University. He and his wife, Jilliann, whom he’d met at art school, kept a farm called Shenstone in the Lancashire village of Over Kellet. Clapp found inspiration in their farm animals, often recreating some of his favorites in the fine, hard stone known as Hopton-Wood limestone quarried in nearby Middleton, Derbyshire.