Presented for sale is a 19th century oil on canvas of three Terriers ratting attributed to British artist, George Armfield (Smith) 1803 – 1893. The painting depicts three terriers eagerly observing a hole next to an oak barrel waiting for the unfortunate creature to make his appearance. This theme was depicted over and over again in Armfield’s work and seems to have been a popular subject.
George Armfield Smith was born into a family of painters in Bristol, England in 1803. He showed a great deal of promise from an early age and had several commissions before he was out of his teenage years. He is one of England’s most beloved 19th century animaliers. His love of dogs, cats, and horses as well as his renowned sportsmanship made him intimately popular with his aristocratic clients. He had a reputation as a remarkable hunter and horsemen, which served him well in his artistic endeavors. Prolific as a painter his output was large, and for many years he was constantly in demand. Sadly, in his later years, his health declined and he died in poverty, but his numerous paintings have continued to be collected by art patrons of 19th century English animal art.
The painting is in very good condition, signed on the lower left hand corner. The molded wooden frame is a more recent addition.
Size of Frame: 17 ½” Height by 21 ½” Width Size of Image: 14 ½” Height by 18 ½” Width