Les Diablerets, Switzerland
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This watercolor ranks among Sandby's largest, placing the picturesque ruins of the Cistercian abbey of Valle Crucis in the background, and devoting greater attention to a herd of Welsh long-horned cattle drinking from a stream. Large framing trees contrast healthy young trunks with a decaying arborial patriarch to refer the life cycle. Narrative humor is added by two milkmaids, one of whom stands with full buckets on a small bridge in the left foreground as her distant companion runs from a bull. Sandby applied monochrome washes and pen and ink, then added touches of color to accentuate animals and figures.