Painting on canvas by the acclaimed 19th century American artist HENRY STULL, featuring a portrait of the head of a pampered thoroughbred racehorse, signed at lower right and dated there 1896. The work measures 12 1/2" by 10 1/4", ( " by " framed). Stull is considered one of two major American painters of thoroughbred racehorses, the other being Edward Troye. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, he was exposed at an early age to horses. By 1873 he headed to New York City to become an actor, but, failing at that and other mundane jobs, turned towards illustration. By degrees, his sketches, caricatures and cartoons attracting increasing attention, first by Leslie's Weekly, then for a New York sporting publication, and ultimately by 1883, Harper's Weekly. Wealthy horse owners came to know his work, commissioning paintings of their prize horses. Today Stull's paintings of racehorses are highly coveted at auctions of sporting art.
HENRY STULL (1851-1913) thoroughbred horse portrait painting by the noted American equine artist