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Richard Jones 1767 – 1840

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A portrait a favourite Black Cocker Spaniel in a landscape

 

Oil painting on canvas 26 x 33 inches in a good Georgian carved and gilded frame

 

Richard Jones, “one of the better sporting painters of his time” (Sally Mitchell, Dictionary of Equestrian Artists”, page 286” was a native of Reading who maintained a studio in London near his friend Abraham Cooper RA in the early years of the 19th century. His subjects are those of horse hound and sport, and are depicted in a highly recognisable and personal style. His paintings are very rarely signed, though their technique makes them easily identifiable. He worked as the “house” artist to Arthur Ackermann, the dealer in sporting art, who arranged many commissions for him. By 1824, Jones had moved to Lincolnshire where he worked for Lord Yarborough, who had previously employed George Stubbs as his sporting artist. By 1830, he was established in Birmingham, and painted numerous pictures for the rising industrial class who moved out into the countryside.“Jones’ portraiture of both horse and ride was excellent and powerful. He tended to paint a good sort of deep-bodied horse. He paid great attention to detail and his distant landscapes are delightful and with warm colouring” (Sally Mitchell, op. cit.). His portraits of dogs shown an affection for his subject matter and a shrewd eye for observation of canine ways.


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