1 Fine Art Antique Victorian Original 19th Century Oil Painting 3 Sporting Hunting Terrier Dogs "A Sharp Lookout" Edward Armfield RA. Subject Hunting scene of 3 Terrier Dogs around a hole.Title of the painting "A Sharp Lookout". Signed in the bottom left corner by the known famous British listed artist Edward Armfield RA 1817-1896.
Circa 19th century. Oil on canvas. Set in such a fine original gilt wood frame.
Edward Armfield was a prolific and popular artist who specialised in paintings of terriers ratting and sporting dogs. Terriers had long been used for sports other than fighting and for centuries had been used to control vermin. The Victorian era was age of pet portraits, with the most important influence on their popularity being Queen Victoria who owned an extensive number of dog breeds including terriers. This created a demand for portraits of dogs and artists such as Armfield flourished. Although he had a large output, Armfield occasionally completed a picture far superior to his other paintings, as in this example here.
His style is similar to that of George Armfield (1820-1893) to whom he is thought to have been related. A number of his works can be found in museums and art galleries including the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and the Brighton & Hove Museum. Reference sources: Christies, 1stdibs, Artnet, Mutualart. Such a delightful scene to the eye.
Provenance bought from a fine art gallery dealer at the famous Newark Antiques fair.
Highly sought after due to the collectible nature of the subject matter such elaborate detail.
The brushwork is of highest exceptional quality. With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display. Incredible conversation piece for your guests. We only select & sell paintings based upon quality & significance.
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Condition report. Offered in fine used condition. Having some foxing staining, some craquelure in places to the canvas surface. The canvas has been relined on the back. With noticeable scuffs, wear, cracking & some minor chips to the frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in inches & centimetres of the frame approximate
High 20.07" (51cm)
Wide 24.01" (61cm)
Depth thickness of frame 1.57" (4cm)