Primarily a sporting artist and illustrator, John Charlton was a superb animal draughtsman from an early age. At twelve, he was placed with a bookseller in Newcastle, where he had ample access to the engravings that gave him an appreciation of detail in illustration. He studied under William Bell Scott at the Newcastle School of Art, and later worked at the South Kensington Museum, apprenticed for a brief time in the studio of John Dawson Watson.
From 1870, Charlton regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists, as well as illustrating numerous books and periodicals, including his own Twelve Pack of Hounds. As a keen huntsman, they were the artist's favored and most dexterously portrayed subject. Earl Spencer was amongst Charlton's distinguished patrons, and Queen Victoria commissioned the artist to paint the Jubilee Procession in 1897. Another fine example of Charlton's skill and his spontaneously handled paintwork is his Royal Academy exhibit from 1879, The death: Recollection of a kill with the Pytchley hounds, sold Christie's, London, 21 May 2004, lot 35 (£50,190).
For another work by this artist please see lot 50.