A prize-winning Hereford bull oil on canvas 50 x 62cm (19 11/16 x 24 7/16in).
PROVENANCE: With Iona Antiques, London
Britain in the early 19th century saw the development of numerous agricultural societies, whose aim was to foster innovation and raise standards in agricultural practice. A highly successful method of circulating ideas was animal portraiture. With the advent of mass print production, images of livestock could be widely circulated, allowing breeders to show off their progress. By the end of the century, animal portraiture had become extremely lucrative, with many artists making an excellent living from commissions.
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