George Armfield – <em>Putting up a Pheasant</em>
George Armfield – <em>Putting up a Pheasant</em>
George Armfield – <em>Putting up a Pheasant</em>

George Armfield – Putting up a Pheasant

c. 1855 England

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A dramatically painted image of two spaniels flushing out a pheasant by one of the 19th century’s foremost animal painters George Armfield.

Born in Wales as George Armfield Smith later he settled in London and dropped the “Smith” painting and exhibiting as George Armfield. He was an avid sportsman as well as being a prolific and popular painter of sporting subjects. George exhibited thirty two paintings at the Royal Academy between 1840 and 1862 and exhibited regularly at the British Institute and at the Suffolk Street Galleries until 1875. Armfield painted dogs, especially terriers chasing birds, cats or mice and spaniels flushing ducks. With broad paint strokes and loose handling of the brush, the painter effectively represents the different textures of fur, grasses and sky.

This is an excellent example of Armfield's work and readily explains why his paintings are often mistaken for those of the great Edwin Landseer.
Excellent. The painting has been lightly cleaned old re-lining.
From a private collection in Yorkshire.
George Armfield, (fl.1840 - 1875) – Putting up a Pheasant – circa 1855, indistinctly signed lower right. Oil on canvas in new English made swept gilt wood & gesso frame.
Height 28.00 inch (71.12 cm)
Width 36.00 inch (91.44 cm)
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Oil on Canvas
Indistinctly signed lower right.
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