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    Sporting And Wildlife Art Including The Collection Of Doug And Ellen Miller

    28 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53


    Maid of Kent and Rip Rap on the scent

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    Maid of Kent and Rip Rap on the scent
    signed and dated 'Edm H. Osthaus/1892' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    26 x 48 in. (66 x 121.9 cm.)

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    Field Champion Rip Rap by King of Kent out of Hops, was a white and black ticked dog, whelped on 20 May 1888. His sister from a different litter, Maid of Kent, was a liver and white bitch, whelped on May 31, 1889. King of Kent and Hops were imported from England by Dr. Salter. Their owner and breeder was Edward Dexter from Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts.

    Rip Rap was one of the first white and black Pointers to make a big mark in the field trial world. For many years prior to his appearance, black in a Pointer was not highly considered, but now his name is prominently associated with the white and blacks and dogs with these colors are often incorrectly referred to as Rip Rap's. When in his prime Rip Rap won almost ever prize in the Field Trials in which he was entered, including first prize in the Westminster Kennel Club, Washington, D.C.. He sired 19 field trial winners, many of them fine producers. His best son was Young Rip Rap, a brilliant performer and a successful sire.

    Rip Rap was described by A.F. Hochwalt as 'a black, white and ticked dog of medium size, with a rough pin wire coat that could stand any kind of wear and tear...Rip Rap was a dog very quiet in kennel but in the field he showed true character and quality of a workman.' (The Modern Pointer, 1911, p. 88).

    Maid of Kent won Field Trials All Aged Stakes in 1891. She also won first prize in her class at the Westminster Kennel Club, Washington, D.C. and a special prize for the best pointer bitch in the show. According to Hochwalt, 'Many good judges, however, thought she was Rip Rap's equal in every way; and, indeed, she was a brilliant performer...' (op. cit., p. 69).


    By descent in the family of the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text



    The Outing, March 1897, illustrated, p. 546.