Frank Prosser was an early 20th century British landscape and animal painter in chalks. Between 1932 and 1936 he exhibited 7 times at the Royal West of England Academy, an important regional society that showed the works of many well-known artists. However, some sources believe he was painting since 1910.
Prosser shows his sensitivity to his subject matter in this well-executed and charming portrait of a chestnut hunter named, “Max.” The well-defined facial features illustrate well this horse’s personality. This portrait also demonstrates his expertise in confirmation and knowledge of a horse’s anatomy.
The chestnut horse is highlighted with soft gray pastel where the light hits Max’s body. He is shown in bridle with good detail to both the hardware and leather gear. The artist chose a soft gray for the background and a soft brown for the ground. It is signed in the lower right, F. Prosser, and dated 1933. The horse’s name is on the left toward the bottom.
The painting is framed in its original ebonized wood frame with a narrow, but deep gilded slip. The slips serve dual duty by protecting the particles of pastel from the glass, as well as providing a nice gilded line separation between the black frame and the softer pastel colors of the painting.
This piece is in excellent condition. There are none of the usual marks and discolorations that accompany many fine pastels of this period. The frame is in excellent condition as well, with only a minor loss of gesso and paint in the upper right corner.
It measures 20-1/4 inches wide by 17 inches high.
Please note: This is one of a complimentary pair by the same artist that I have listed separately. Although created a year apart, they came from the same estate in the north of England.