Katherine (Kate) Stanhope Badcock (1864-1910), was one of three daughters of Rev. Canon Badcock of Ripon, in North Yorkshire. She and her sister Isobel became artists, with Kate specializing in cattle in landscapes and horses in their stalls in both oil and watercolor. Kate exhibited two works at the Royal Society of British Artists in 1908. (A note of interest: Kate’s youngest sister, Mary, was photographed by Charles Dodgson, more familiarly known as Lewis Carroll, author of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Dodgson sent a photo of her to John Tenniel, the book’s illustrator, as an example of what Alice should look like.)
Through Ms. Badcock’s soft but sophisticated color palette and exceptional sensitivity to her subject, we have here a beautiful portrait of a chestnut hunter. There is a great softness in the horse’s expression and form that makes this painting so appealing. It is initialed, “KSB,” and dated 1894 in the lower right corner.
The golds of the stall and the hay on the floor mix harmoniously with the greens and browns of the stable interior. The light that shines on the horse helps capture the softness that permeates throughout the painting. Given that it is such a large, muscular animal it must have been challenging for her to impart this feeling so well. In the end of the day, one can honestly say it is a pretty painting of a hunter in its stall. It is housed in a beautiful wood and gesso custom-made gilded frame that suits this antique painting very well.
I have had this painting professionally restored, so with its custom-made frame it is ready to hang.
It measures 26 inches wide by 22 inches high, including the frame.
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