James Loder pre-1820 – after 1860
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James Loder pre-1820 – after 1860

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Bay racehorse with jockey up on Bath Racecourse


Oil painting on canvas 23 x 30 inches


Signed, inscribed “Bath” and dated 1837


James Loder is a prolific sporting painter about whom curiously little is known by way of biographical information. He lived and worked in Bath at the end of the Georgian and into the Victorian era, though his style is firmly rooted into the earlier style. He produced numerous sporting paintings and seems to have frequented various racecourses in the south-west of England and south Wales. His best works dates from the 1830’s and 1840’s and shows a lively awareness of human and equine characterisation. He was the father of Edwin Loder, also a sporting painter but of lesser quality.

The colours of the jockey have so far eluded identification, but it seems likely, to judge from the conformation of the horse, that this is in fact a portrait of an early steeple-chaser, a sport which at this date was still in its infancy and of which Loder is known to have painted several pictures.