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George W. Horlor (FL. 1849-1891)
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George W. Horlor (FL. 1849-1891)

The day's bag

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George W. Horlor (FL. 1849-1891)
The day's bag
signed and dated 'G.W.Horlor 1855.' (centre left)
oil on canvas
44½ x 59½ in. (113 x 151 cm.)
Exhibited
Probably, London, Royal Academy, 1855, no. 388, (as A DAY'S SPORT IN PERTHSHIRE: PREPARING FOR THE RETURN'.
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Lot Essay

George Horlor, an animal and sporting painter, worked in Cheltenham, Brentford and Birmingham, from where he may have originated. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1854, showing a picture of a shepherd and another of a dog and a rabbit. The description of his 1855 exhibit, A day's sport in Perthshire: preparing for the return, in the Art Journal (1855, p. 177) suggests that it is this picture: 'a large picture showing a shooting party, who have been resting after a day's sport among the hills...there are two ponies well executed'. Evidently, the critical reception was good and the subject one that suited Horlor, for a large number of his subsequent exhibits portrayed shooting scenes in highland landscapes, for example After a day's sport in the Highlands in 1855 and A shooting pony in 1890 - the artist's last submission to the Royal Academy.
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