10 - 12 May 2004,
Kasteel van 's-Gravenwezel, Antwerp
Price realised EUR 15,535
EUR 8,000 - EUR 12,000
W.A. Clark (British, 20th Century)
FERNHILL FRIAR DUCHESS AND FERHILL FRIAR DUKE
Both signed and dated 'W.A.Clark 1915' (the first (lower left) and the latter (lower right) and both inscribed with title (lower centre))
Oil on canvas
19½ x 23½ in. (50 x 60 cm.)
A pair (2)
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The horses depicted in this lot are shirehorses. During the Middle Ages these horses were often used for carrying the heavy armory of the knights going to battle. This function became redundant when fire-weapons came into use. It was soon discovered that they were more useful in working the farmlands than the oxen used until this time.
During the 19th century it was popular to breed these animals for horse shows. It became fashionable to commission paintings of these horses by prominent painters, like W.A. Clark. This artist came from a long line of portraitists who depicted price champions. His style is characterised by a slightly naïve way of painting, the placement of the horses 'in profile' and the reins often leading outside the composition.
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E.& J. Moncrieff, S&I, Farm Animal Portraits, Suffolk, 1988, pp. 253-275.
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