The Shropshire Sheep Breeders’ Association has a collection of old paintings and photos of Shropshire sheep. Shropshire sheep were owned by many landed gentry who could afford to have paintings made of their prize winning sheep in the 19th century. Later on, a good photographic record was kept. Here are some of the images.
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An old painting of five shearling ewes (1888)
Shropshire ram "Royal Jubilee", show winner in 1888
Ten Shearling ewes, 1st prize winners at the Shrewsbury Show & Sale, 1949
Three Shearling ewes, multiple winners of 1st prizes at 1951 shows
Wordsley Hero, a painting from 1884. Shropshires were owned by many landed gentry who could afford to have paintings made of their prized animals.
The Rector, a prize winning ram in 1884.
A prize winning Shearling Ram from 1957
A Shearling ram, a prize winner from 1956
Tern Cambridge 2nd, a prize winning shearling ram from 1954
A Shearling ram from 1951, a multiple prize winer
Shearling ram, a prize winner in 1936
Royal Preston, a prize winner from 1885
The Judge The Second, a prize winning ram from 1885
Five show winning shearling ewes from 1884
"A prize Shropshire Ewe" 1878, an image published in the USA
From a different era! A Player's cigarette card showing a Shropshire Shearling ram. See the separate image for the description on the back of the card.
The back of a Player's cigarette card describing Shropshire sheep (see the separate image for the front of the card)
A group of three ram lambs, winners at Shrewsbury Show & Sale, 1944
All images are copyright of the SSBA