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RECENTLY DISCOVERED ENGLISH PROVINCIAL SCHOOL PAINTING TO BE EXHIBITED AT THE 59TH NEW YORK WINTER ANTIQUES SHOW IN JANUARY 2013.

A rare and engaging English naive painting depicting favourite hounds on a heath, is one of the exciting recent acquisitions Robert Young plan to exhibit at the forthcoming New York Show.

With direct provenance to the Estate and Private Collection of Stephen Long, this exceptional triple dog portrait, of significant scale, was discovered in a somewhat neglected state and has been professionally cleaned and conserved to reveal an engaging work of delightful quality.

The three working dogs are depicted in profile, with slightly turned heads and dominate the foreground of the picture, with two sportsmen holding guns alongside a fourth dog in the middle distance. The bold silhouettes and slightly static posture of the dogs, combined with a close attention to the detail of their markings, texture and faces, are typical qualities of the best British Naive Animal Portraiture. Prize Livestock and Horse Portraits form a major part of the British Naive Art tradition, whilst several dogs in a stylised composition of this type and early date are a most unusual and compelling subject. Dating from c.1800, painted in oils on canvas and indistinctly signed lower left, (possibly 'Sands'), who was probably an itinerant provincial artist from the English Naive School, working around the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and travelled from village to village working to commission, painting trade and pub signs as well as portraits of local people, farmers, their families and prize livestock.

Robert Young Antiques will be publishing a Spring Catalogue towards the end of December to coincide with the New York Show. This catalogue will include images and details of recent acquisitions and pieces kept especially for exhibition in New York. Please contact the Gallery if you would like a copy, or to check you are on our mailing list.

 
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