This is a very fine watercolor and gouache painting featuring a number horsemen outfitted in their best formal red riding coats, their accompanying hounds in the heat of the fox hunt. The artist was the very well listed watercolorist ALFRED VILLIERS FARNSWORTH (1858-1908). Farnsworth signed the painting at lower right and dated it there 1906, the year of the great San Francisco earthquake. The detail and sense of motion in the work demonstrates the mastery of Farnsworth. The artist was born into an upper class family in northern England. He received art training there and in Paris, before moving on to Canada and then Spokane, Washington before landing in San Francisco in 1892. He worked as an artist for the Examiner newspaper there and increasingly produced skilled watercolor paintings of the coastal landscapes around San Francisco and the Bay. He was an alcoholic and died at fifty, only two years after completing this painting---but left behind a fine legacy---a body of work that salutes the beautiful landscapes of northern San Francisco Bay, the coast, and Golden Gate before the bridge. This work appears to be in excellent, clean, fresh condition (not examined out of frame). Dimensions are 12 1/2" by 18 1/2" inside the mat (18 3/4" by 25" framed). Farnsworth watercolors have been offered by fine galleries and sold in a number of high end California auctions. See another work by the artist in my shop.
ALFRED VILLIERS FARNSWORTH (1858-1908) fine watercolor painting of the fox hunt by early California artist