19th Century “Chasing in the Marsh” oil on canvas with signature on both front and back
SIZE: 18×24″ unframed and about 22×28″ framed
Spectacular 19th Century “Chasing in the Marsh” oil on canvas by one of the most recognized and gifted Dog/Canine Artists of the 19th Century.
George Armfield (UK, 1808 – 1893) oil on canvas, hunting dogs in marsh, signed G. Armfield TWICE, on front and back, 18” x 24” stretcher. About 22×28 framed.
George Armfield is one of the most prolific animal painters of the 19th century. He is one of the finest animal painters on record.
This particular stunningly detailed outdoor “Dogs Chasing in the Marsh” is one of his finest works we have ever encountered and we’ve seen about 100 Armfield paintings over the past 25 years. He Signs this piece TWICE on front lower left and again on back canvas. He adds date what appears to be ’64 (1864), see image below. This is one of the best George Armfield’s we have ever seen surface on the market. Even nicer then the extraordinary piece we sold about 15 years ago. And that one was on board, and artist board, especially from 170 years ago tends to warp after a century of aging. But, this beauty is on canvas. A magnificent museum quality work of Art from one of the very best animal/dog artists.
George Armfield Smith (for by this name he was known until the year 1840) was born in Wales. (Actually Bristol: according to Armfield family information) His father was a painter, who for some time had a studio at 54, Pall Mall, London, (His father was the portrait painter William Armfield Hobday (1771-1831)) and from his father, George Armfield obtained any artistic tuition he may have received. George Armfield is probably the most prolific dog painter of the nineteenth century. He painted dogs almost exclusively and produced innumerable charming scenes of terriers surrounding rabbit holes, spaniels putting up mallard, ratting terriers, and groups of sporting dogs.
He first exhibited in the year 1839, at the British Institution, when he showed two pictures, the “Study of a Dog’s Head” and “Terrier chasing a Rabbit.” These works must have attracted notice, for in the Sporting Magazine of the following year, 1840, we find the first of a long series of his pictures which were engraved for that publication. In 1840 he exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy, showing two pictures, “Fox and Wild Rabbits” and “Terrier and Rabbit,” and, as the lists show, he continued to exhibit with regularity at both the Academy and the British Institution for the ensuing twenty years. He also sent pictures frequently to the Suffolk Street exhibitions.
The British Institution catalogue gives his address in 1839 as 15, Lamb’s Conduit Passage; but if he resided there at this time, he could not have remained long, as he spent practically all his life at Camberwell, Clapham, and Brixton. His best period extended from 1840 to about 1869, and during these years his output was large. About 1870 his sight began to fail, and in 1872 he submitted to an operation on one of his eyes at Guy’s Hospital, when Dr. Bader removed the lens. The operation was only partially successful, and his powers rapidly declined, he became the victim of fits of acute depression, in one of which he attempted to take his own life. He recovered from the self-inflicted wound, and continued to paint, but was able to work only with the aid of a powerful glass and on small canvases.