Sally Mitchell, author of “The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists,” rates George Paice as a “good representational painter…(who) depicted horses accurately.” She also notes that he “made a very good living from painting, receiving many commissions to paint horses.” An illustration of one of his works appears in her book.
Paice (1854-1925), had a life-long passion for horse racing and lived most of his adult life in Croydon, the busy suburb of London. He was buried in the family plot in that town with his racing colors carried on his coffin.
Paice exhibited at several prestigious venues in London in the 1880s and 1890s, including the Royal Academy and the Society of British Artists. He is known to have painted landscapes, but I have only found his horse and dog portraits. Author William Secord has two illustrations of his dog paintings in his “Dog Painting, 1840-1940: A Social History of the Dog in Art.” His portrait of a Manchester terrier that appears in this book as plate 124 on page 167 is from the collection of one of my good customers.
This small but charming portrait of a horse in its stall is typical of the work of George Paice. The horse, “Wild Duck,” is painted in great detail; the sweat on the haunches and neck are noticeable. The artist has given his subject an interesting personality as well.
The painting is fully signed and dated (for 1902), with the name of the horse also inscribed on the bottom left corner. The colors of the stall are primarily painted in blue-greens that harmonize well with the golds and browns of the straw on the floor. There is a monogramed blanket thrown over the wooden feed trough. As with most of the artist’s work, this was no doubt a commissioned piece for the owner of this thoroughbred.
It has been artistically custom framed in several gold slips, as well as a walnut veneer outer frame. This type of framing sets off the portrait of the horse very well.
The condition is excellent. I have had the painting professionally cleaned and restored.
It measures 17-3/4 inches wide by 15 inches high, including the frame.
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