Labrador Retrievers: Field Trial Champion Peter of Whitmore and Champion Type of Whitmore signed and dated 'Maud Earl/14' (lower left) oil on canvas 48 1/4 x 66 3/4 in. (122.5 x 169.5 cm.)
LITERATURE: Our Dogs Christmas Supplement, December 11, 1914, illustrated
Ch. Type of Whitmore was born in 1909, bred by J. Proudlock and originally registered as Llanidloes Sweep. He was sired by Ch. Brayston Swift, one of the foundation stones upon which the Labrador was securely built, and was closely bred to dogs in the Duke of Buccleuch's kennel. His owner, Thomas W. Twyford, the sanitary earthenware magnate, was equally successful with dogs on the show bench as he was in field trials and Type was one of his most successful on the show bench, being almost invincible in the ring in the 1912-1916 period, winning 15 CCs, including two at Crufts. F.T.Ch. Peter of Whitmore was born in 1911, bred by D. McVicar and sired by F.T.Ch. Peter of Faskally, one of the greatest field trial Labradors of all time. Maud Earl's portrait of Peter of Faskally was sold in Bonhams, New York in 2011 for $102,000. In November 1913 Peter won the Open Stake at the inaugural trials of the Irish Retriever Society at Adare, beating his illustrious father into second place. In that same season he also won the Kennel Club All-Aged Stake. At the Irish Retriever trials, Type won the Non-Winners Stake giving Twyford the 'double'. Maud Earl's painting could have been commissioned to commemorate the occasion.
The house in the background of the present lot is Whitmore Hall. A Caroline style house with later additions. It is famous for its fine proportions and the fact that it has been the home of the Cavenagh-Mainwarings for over 900 years. Twyford leased the house for 30 years ending in the 1920s when the Cavenagh-Mainwarings returned.
We are grateful to Nick Waters for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.