An original early 19th-century watercolour painting, Gentleman Boar Hunter with Dog.
A delicate painted sketch, slightly comic, with the boar attempting to outwit the man. On laid paper. There are additional, partial sketches on the verso, of a horse's head in graphite and figure in ink.
Some marks and age toning as shown, and some vertical crease lines to the paper, which are not especially visible on the front.
11.3cm x 18.4cm.
This work is one of a number of dog pictures we have for sale, representing the importance of animals in Victorian culture. The status, role and significance of animals and the animals kingdom were issues at the forefront of scientific investigation at the time, particularly in the context of Darwin’s theory of evolution. The relationship between animals and humans in particular could be explored successfully in visual art, and these pictures are testament to that – featuring hunting dog scenes, dogs as man’s best friend and dogs afforded almost human qualities.
These work form part of a fascinating larger collection of mainly equestrian pictures which we have for sale, connected with two highly regarded horse painters: Charles Loraine-Smith (1751-1835), a keen horseman known for his early hunting and sporting scenes, and Charles Cooper Henderson (1803-1877), the pre-eminent painter of Victorian horses and coaches. At a time when animal painting was seen as a ‘lower’ form of art, these artists were pioneering in establishing the respectability and status of the genre. The story of why these pictures have come together is a mystery, but it is possible that the collection was at one time owned by Charles Cooper Henderson: our collection includes a watercolour by William James Müller – and, interestingly, Charles’s brother, the distinguished art collector John Henderson, was an avid collector of Müller’s works.
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Product code: JK-326