Offered by: Hyde Park Antiques
200 Lexington Ave New York City, NY 10016 , United States Call Seller 646.293.6633


Portrait of English Bulldogs in a Kennel

$ 130,000
  • Description
    Oil on canvas
    Signed and dated lower left: "Arthur Wardle/1903"
    Names of the dogs on the step, from left to right: Kentish Pride and Regal Stone; dogs in the foreground, left to right: Broadlea Squire, Clansman, Pressang, Prince Albert and Floradora.

    Canvas: 30" x 47.5"
    Framed: 36" x 53.5"

    CONDITION: Relined. Restoration to upper right quadrant; minor in-painting to lower right corner; upper left dog has minor restoration to right front leg; lower left dog with minor restoration to rear legs; lower middle dog with restoration to left front leg and hind quarters; very minor in-painting to chest of second dog from right.

    PROVENANCE: Geraldine Rockefeller Dodge; Saint Hubert’s Giralda, Madison, New Jersey.

    ARTHUR WARDLE was considered the quintessential animal painter of his day. His specialty was pure bred dogs. Although he had no formal training, he studied live animals at the London Zoo, painting a variety of wild and domesticated animals. At the young age of sixteen, he began exhibiting at the Royal Academy. Continuing his self-education, he attended as many dog shows as he could. Equally proficient in watercolors and pastels, as well as oils, he was a member of both the Pastel Society (1911) and the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolors (1922). He was a frequent exhibitor at the Royal Academy, showing approximately 115 paintings between the years 1880 and 1938.

    GERALDINE ROCKEFELLER DODGE (1882-1973) was the youngest child of William Avery Rockefeller, Jr., the Standard Oil tycoon. Giralda Farms was the name of her New Jersey estate which incorporated extensive stables and kennels. Also located on the estate was Saint Hubert’s at Giralda, founded by Dodge as a refuge for lost and abandoned animals. As a founder of the Morris and Essex Dog Club, she was responsible for the annual show held every year in May at her estate. At the time, it was considered the most prestigious show in the United Sates and could attract as many as 40,000 spectators. An expert breeder and the author of two books, she was the first woman asked to judge The Westminster Kennel Club. A generous philanthropist and art collector, she developed an extremely large art collection devoted to animals, numbering over 6000 at the time of her death.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Period: 1900-1919
    Condition: Excellent. See CONDITION.
    Creation Date: Dated 1903
    Styles / Movements: Other
    200 Lex Booth #: 54
    Dealer Reference #: 8309-120
    Incollect Reference #: 285769
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