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Thomas Gooch circa 1750 – 1802
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Thomas Gooch circa 1750 – 1802

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Major Hannay's favourite liver and white Welsh springer spaniel “Countess” in a wooded landscape


Oil painting on canvas 25 x 30 inches in its original carved and gilded neoclassical frame


Signed and dated 1789


Provenance: Commissioned by Major George Hannay of Kingsmuir, County Fife; his son George Hannay; his son, also called George Hannay, and thence by descent.


Thomas Gooch was a pupil of Sawrey Gilpin RA, and hence a follower of George Stubbs. He was a prolific painter of Sporting Paintings, which included equestrian and canine portraits, hunting and shooting paintings and racing subjects. He is notable for the clarity of his colour and the precision of his drawing which is both bold and direct in treatment.

He was a prolific exhibitor at the Royal Academy (76 paintings in all, submitted from Sawrey Gilpin’s house in Knighsbridge) and was patronised by many of the leading members of the Scots and English aristocracy, including the Duke of Hamilton, the Duke of Portland and George Pitt, 1st Baron Rivers.

“Countess” has the conformation and colouration of a Welsh Springer Spaniel, making this a very early example of the development of that breed.




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