Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest

Andrew MacCallum, 1821 - 1902

Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest

Andrew MacCallum 1821 - 1902


Autumn landscape in Sherwood Forest, depicting massive, ancient oak trees with green and mossy trunks and a forest floor of brown, dried bracken. A pathway runs through the long grass from the bottom right corner off into the distance, bright blue sunny sky above the bare trees.

Display Label

Art for All: Thomas Horsfall’s Gift to Manchester Thomas Coglan Horsfall (1844-1932) was a pioneering philanthropist who established the Manchester Art Museum in 1884 in Harpurhey, moving it to larger premises at Ancoats Hall in 1886. The Museum was at the forefront of developments in art education, operating an innovative picture loan scheme for schools. In the 1880s, Harpurhey and Ancoats were crowded working class areas: the residents lived hard lives in impoverished surroundings. Horsfall wanted to make them aware of natural beauty by means of the Museum. He decided to locate the Museum close to their homes and to open it until 10 o’clock at night and on Sundays so that working people could visit. The Museum showed decorative and industrial art, original paintings and drawings, and copious reproductions. The works of art were arranged in themed rooms and everything had an explanatory label. Clubs for rambling, singing and woodcarving were formed and twice-weekly entertainments were held in the Museum’s concert hall. In 1918, the Museum and its contents were transferred to the management of Manchester City Council. The Museum finally closed in 1953. The majority of the items in this exhibition are from the original Museum. The exhibition has been co-curated by the Year 5 pupils at St Augustine’s CE Primary School in Harpurhey, Manchester.

Object Name

Oak Trees in Sherwood Forest

Creators Name

Andrew MacCallum

Date Created



framed: 106.6cm x 146.7cm
unframed: 78.5cm x 119cm

accession number


Place of creation





oil paint


Transferred from the Horsfall Museum Collection, 1918


© Manchester Art Gallery

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