The common signed and initialled '18.RA.63' (lower right); titled on an old label on the reverse oil on canvas 53 x 107 cm. (21 x 42 in.)
Provenance: with H.C. Dickens Gallery, London; Acquired for Ansdell family collection in 1970.
Richard Ansdell studied in the city of his birth at the Liverpool Academy Schools and later became President of the Academy. He was one of the most talented sporting artists of the Victorian era.
The present lot is an excellent example of Ansdell's skill in portraying animals in a relatively wild landscape. In this case, it is the Lytham Sandhills, a favourite setting near to where he had built a summer house - part of Lytham is named Ansdell after the artist. A man and a woman camping in the background give colour and added interest to the composition, and the skilled depiction of a stormy sky is typical of his best work.