James Barenger (British, 1780-1831) A liver and white English Springer Spaniel in a landscape: purpo
Lot 132
James Barenger (British, 1780-1831) Bounce - a liver and white Springer Spaniel in a landscape 40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm.)
Sold for US$ 45,750 inc. premium
Auction Details
The Dog Sale New York
10 Feb 2009 10:00 EST

Auction 16266
Lot Details
James Barenger (British, 1780-1831)
Bounce - a liver and white Springer Spaniel in a landscape
signed and dated 'J.Barenger 1811'(lower left) and indistinctly inscribed 'Bounce. a favourite Springer J...W...Esq. Cressex Bucks' (lower left) oil on canvas
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm.)


  • Property from the estate of Sir John R. H. and Lady Thouron.

    with Richard Green, London.

    At the time that Barenger painted 'Bounce', dogs of this type were referred to just as 'Springer Spaniels' (as the breed evolved to spring game), or 'Norfolk Spaniels', for most were bred and kept in that county. Many breeds were defined by what they did or where the majority lived. The Boughey family of Aqualate in Shropshire kept a distinct strain of this type of dog which is directly related to today's English Springer Spaniels, and their Stud Book from 1813 was fairly complete. Bounce is clearly of this type, but it has not been possible to confirm a direct link to the Boughey family and they are the only family that early reference books refer to by name.

    The portrait appears to have been painted near the village of Cressex in Buckinghamshire. At that time Barenger was living in Kentish Town, North London. Barenger first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1807 and continued to exhibit there until 1831, however from 1815 he exhibited all his pictures from Tattersall's at Hyde park Corner. Although Tattersall was his main patron, Barenger also undertook commissions from notable clients such as the Earl of Derby, the Duke of Grafton and the Marquis of Londonderry. He specialised in animal portraiture, particularly horses and dogs, and especially pointers, which he is said to have bred.

Saleroom notices

  • The inscription on this painting reads 'Creslow' not 'Cressex'
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