Naïve Portrait of a Bay Hunter with a Village in the Background
Oils on Wood Panel
Signed "W Williams" and Dated "1803"
English, Probably Kent, c.1803
A fine and unusually large naïve animal portrait of a Saddled Horse standing in a stylised landscape with a well detailed village to the background. The work is executed in oils on panel and is signed “W. Williams”, a similar work is held in the collection of the British Sporting Trust, the Mellon Collection. This work has great luminosity and a powerful graphic appeal, the left side of the picture is framed by stylised foliage with the small village or homestead to the background behind it. Williams is thought to have been a native of the County of Kent and the vernacular architecture of these buildings would seem to corroborate that. The village/homestead is depicted in fine detail and shows signs of capable draftsman ship and some understanding of perspective, but the striking feature to this work is the confident use of colour. Whilst the palette is limited, the composition shows a clever use of juxtaposition of colours with the broad central band of earth reds and ochres set against the cooler greens of the meadow beneath and the cool blue and pink to the sky above. The work comes from a significant London based private collection of British Naïve Art and the panel was restored to join the shrinkage between the planks in the mid. 1970s. There are minor areas of retouching along the historic shrinkage joins where the work has been conserved. The painting was also professionally cleaned and lightly varnished at that time and has recently been inspected by our professional conservators to check it remains in excellent and stable condition.
Significant British Private Collection,