"I have been further north this season and am a little crazy with the beauties of the Highlands"- Sir Edwin Landseer
‘A Stag at Bay’, a drawing by Sir Edwin Landseer, is one of the highlights of the Sporting Art Sale on 19 September. The pencil and crayon vignette, presumably set in Landseer’s beloved Scotland, depicts the exciting denouement of a day’s stalking, with a pair of hounds poised to take down the stag at the edge of a loch (estimate: £6,000-8,000 plus buyer’s premium). Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) was a painter and sculptor who achieved unrivalled popularity as an animal painter in Victorian England, admired for his ability to capture both the form and spirit of his subject. READ MORE ABOUT LANDSEER
‘The Middleton Hunt’ by John Ferneley Jr (1815-1862) depicts the famed hunt near Birdsall in East Yorkshire, led by MFH Mr T Carter and accompanied by Sir Tatton Sykes of nearby Sledmere (estimate: £7,000-10,000). The son of famed sporting artist John Ferneley Snr, Ferneley Jr moved to Yorkshire in 1839, presumably due to the large number of patrons in the good hunting country. The painting was purchased at Christie’s in London in 1952 for 178.10.0 gns. Further highlights of the hunting section include two paintings by Wright Barker (1864-1941), ‘On the Scent’ estimated at £1,000-1,500 and ‘Bay Horse with Huntsman Up, Standing in an Extensive Landscape’ estimated at £2,500-4,000. Wright Barker was known for his paintings of hunting and animal subjects; born in Bradford, he spent much of his life in the South of England before moving to Harrogate.
A good offering of sporting prints in the sale include a selection of prints by Charles Johnson Payne, better known as "Snaffles" (1884-1967), such as ‘The Informers’, which is signed and blind stamped and offered with an estimate of £300-500. Contemporary sporting art in the sale includes works by Jonathan Armigel Wade, further tranche of animal bronzes from the Estate of Sally Arnup (1930-2015), and two bronzes by Martin Hayward-Harris (b.1959), ‘Diving Otter’ (estimate: £3,000-5,000) and ‘Atlantic Puffin’ (estimate: £2,500-4,000).
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