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ALFRED WHEELER JNR
1851 – 1932 Signed & dated 1897
Oil on board 8 ¼ x 12 inches
Framed size 11 ½ x 15 ½ inches
Alfred Wheeler Jnr was an animal and sporting painter, the second son of John Alfred Wheeler (1821-1903).
He worked in his father’s studio at Hanwell before and after his father’s death using a variety of signatures: A. Wheeler, Jnr., J. Wheeler, Jnr and after his father’s death J.A. Wheeler as well as his own Christian name Alfred.
The majority of his paintings were commissions and it is most likely that this painting is just that. It was a large practice which he inherited from his father to which he added.
His portrait of “Ladas” a bay horse foaled in 1891 is in the Charles H. Theriot Collection New York. He also painted famous race horses, “Flying Fox”, “Persimmon” winner of the 1896 Derby, “Merry Hampton” dated 1887 and the match between “The Baird” and “Rosicrucian” on Newmarket heath with jockey’s T. Cannon and George Fordham dated 1882.
In 1980 Christie’s auctioned his portrait of the 9th Duke of Beaufort on his hunter with his hounds dated 1882.
Alfred had two sons, Walter Herbert Wheeler (1878-1960)
became a landscape and animal painter and Frederick John (Jack) Wheeler (1875- 1930) a black and white artist.
Bibl: Dictionary of Sporting Artists – Mary Ann Wingfield
|Height||8.25 inch||(20.95 cm)|
|Width||12.00 inch||(30.48 cm)|
|External Height||11.50 inch||(29.21 cm)|
|External Width||15.50 inch||(39.37 cm)|
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