A goatherd painted (pre-war) by Elly Tamminga (1896-1983). Given her hometown Bussum, this goatherd could have been active somewhere in the Gooi region.
Elly Tamminga completed the HBS (high school) and subsequently obtained a drawing qualification (lagere acte). From 1915 tot 1919 she studied at the Rijksacademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. Her teachers were primarily Jan Bronner en Antoon Derkinderen. At the Academy she befriended Lou Loeber and they always remained friends. In those days she apparently also met the politically and socially engaged painter Karel Luberti who went through life under the pseudonym of Toon Verhoef. Apparently his socalist views on art influenced Tamminga considerably (but even more so Loeber). In 1919 Elly Tamminga was awarded the Johan Gosschalk Prize, her first and only artist award.
Works by Elly Taminga are included in the permanent collection of a.o. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Singer Museum in Laren, Centraal Museum Utrecht.