31 May 2012
John Sargent Noble, R.B.A. (1848-1896)
Watching the stalkers
signed and dated 'J.S. Noble/1883' (lower right) and further signed, inscribed and numbered 'No 1./"Watching the Stalkers"/by J.S. Noble. 17a Radnor Place Gloucester Sqre/Hyde Park.' (on a label attached to the stretcher)
oil on canvas, in the artist's original framed
60 x 84½ in. (152.4 x 214.6 cm.)
with Arthur Tooth and Sons, London.
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Art Journal, 1883, p.218.
London, Royal Academy, 1883, no. 272.
Watching the Stalkers is one of John Sargent Noble's most monumental pictures. When exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1883 the Art Journal called it a 'very promising bit of animal painting, introduced into a landscape which smells of fresh air'. It ranks alongside The Keepers Pony (Cheltenham Art Gallery) and On The Moors (Sunderland Museum). Noble studied at the Royal Academy and was a pupil of Sir Edwin Landseer whose influence can be seen in these works of such grandeur of conception.
Please note this picture is offered on behalf of The Shuttleworth Trust.
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