Thomas Blinks (British, 1860-1912) On point

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Lot 54
Thomas Blinks
(British, 1860-1912)
On point

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 25,000 - 38,000
Thomas Blinks (British, 1860-1912)
On point
signed 'TBlinks.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
36 x 45.7cm (14 3/16 x 18in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Private collection, UK.

    Regarded as one of the best sporting artists of his generation, Thomas Blinks was born in 1860. Initially he apprenticed as a tailor, but against his father's wishes decided to pursue a career as an artist.

    Painting from life and largely self-taught, Blinks honed his skill as a draughtsman during many hours spent at Tattersalls. Defined by realism and accurate observation, his work became popular and he began exhibiting in London at The Dudley Gallery from 1881. Exhibitions followed at The Royal Society of Artists and The Royal Academy where he showed from 1883-1910. He became particularly well known for his lively depictions of hunting scenes and in particular his portrayal of Setters and Pointers at work.

    By repute, the present lot was in the collection of William Ernest Stokes of Great Bowden, near Market Harborough. He was the son of John Henry Stokes, an important and respected horse dealer, whose clientele included European nobility. The work was then gifted to Marion Forsell (probably in the mid 1960s after William Ernest's death). Marion was the widow of J. T. Forsell who had been appointed Acting Master of the Fernie Hound in 1941. The present lot was then acquired by the father of the present owner from Marion Forsell.
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