Property from the Estate of Dorothy Hutchinson, Essex, CT
Alexander Pope (American, 1849-1924)
An English Setter in a field signed 'Alexander Pope' (lower left) oil on canvas laid onto masonite 46 x 36 in. (116.8 x 91.4 cm.)
Alexander Pope was born in Dorchester, MA and remained associated with Boston for most of his life. He originally studied sculpture with William Rimmer and William Copley but was largely a self-taught painter. In painting he excelled in the area of trompe l'oeil still life works with objects arrayed on a door in the tradition of William Harnett and John Frederick Peto. He is also remembered for his sporting paintings and his reputation as a dog artist was solidified with his 1882 publication of Celebrated Dogs of America, Imported and Native - a portfolio of chromolithographs. The present work was most likely a commissioned portrait of a well-known setter as one can tell the artist took pains to emphasize that his subject was an individual. A similar, if not the same setter is portrayed with a pheasant in his mouth in a like-sized painting that was sold at Sotheby's, New York November 11, 2000 as lot 131.
Born in Boston, MA, Dorothy 'Dee' Hutchinson was raised in Greenwich, CT. Dee graduated from the Low-Heywood School in Stamford, CT after which she married her lifelong mate and best friend, the late Bruce O. Hutchinson. Dee and Bruce had lived in Pound Ridge, NY for 30 years before moving to Westbrook, CT in 1998. Dee enjoyed an admirable career as a noted and respected breeder of Rose Farm Dachshunds. She was a valuable member of the Greenwich Kennel Club, the Dachshund Club of America, she served for many years as a delegate to the AKC and she was an irreplaceable mentor to countless dog enthusiasts. She spent more than 30 years honing her skills as an AKC judge and in 2001, she was appointed the title of All Breed Judge. She earned a reputation as a renowned international judge and she had the honor to judge groups at both The Westminster Kennel Club as well as the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.