English oil on canvas Terriers Ratting in a Barn by George Armfield (1808-1893), circa 1870. Restored and relined in gold gilt composition frame.
George Armfield was born in Wales in 1808, his interest in art was influenced greatly by his father, portrait painter William Armfield. In 1839, his first exhibit was at the British Institution where he showcased “Study of a Dog’s Head” and “Terrier Chasing a Rabit”. The following year a long series of his pictures were engraved for the publication of Sporting Magazine. In 1840, Armfield exhibited at the Royal Academy showing “Fox and Wild Rabbits” and “Terrier and Rabbit”, and continued to exhibit regularly for twenty years. Between the years of 1840 to 1869 the output of his works was large but by 1870 his sight began to fail and after a surgery, which removed the lens from his eye, he was only able to paint with the aid of a powerful glass and small canvas.
Dimensions: (Canvas) 21"H x 17"W; (Frame) 26-1/2"H x 22-1/2"W