Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (American, 1819-1905)
Hunters with Spaniels and Quail/ A View of Long Lake, Hamilton, New York
Signed, inscribed and dated "A F Tait, -N.Y. 76" l.l., signed "A F Tait" and
inscribed in the artist's hand "No 66, 1876, Long Lake Hamilton Co. N.Y." on the reverse.
Oil on panel, 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. (20.9 x 28.4 cm), framed.
Condition: Retouch, minor crack to panel u.l., very mild surface rubs.
N.B. Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait was born in Liverpool, however, as a child moved to the English countryside near Lancaster where he first became interested in nature, animals, hunting and fishing. By the 1840s Tait relocated to Manchester where he worked at Agnew's Repository for the Arts, and discovered the work of Edwin Landseer and John Frederick Herring. Herring's use of color, in particular, inspired the young artist. In 1850, Tait, after viewing an exhibition of George Catlin's paintings of the American West, decided to move to America. He settled in New York where he painted views of the surrounding Adirondacks. He purchased a farm in Westchester Country, which offered the opportunity to paint animals in their natural environment. Tait is best known for these realistic, narrative scenes, often featuring animals and huntsmen, using rich natural colors.
Provenance: A Masachusetts Collection
There is a minor surface split to panel to u.l. sky. Retouch is small areas in sky , below dog at center, in grass c.r. and l.l. (to the right of the signature). The work would benefit from a gentle cleaning.