'' Bury Victor Chief ''
Oil on canvas
21 x 17 in (53 x 43 cm) framed approx
Fine 19th century oil on canvas portrait of the champion shire horse Bury Victor Chief in a stable by Albert Clark. Excellent quality and rare portrait of the champion shire by this sought after member of the Clark family of animal painters. Signed lower left. Presented in its original frame.
One of a pair of paintings that we now have available by Albert Clark - the other depicting a dappled grey shire horse in a loose box.
Relined. Ready to hang.
Bury Victor Chief no. 11105. Champion Stallion at the London Shire Horse Show 1892 & 1894. Sire: Prince Victor no. 5287. Dam: Bury Daisy no. 5969.
Bred by John Rowell, Manor Farm, Bury, Huntingdon, who had joined the Shire Horse Society as a life member in May 1878.
Later owned by Joseph Wainwright, Bowdon Hall, Chapel-on-le-Frith, Derbys.
Albert Clark was the second son born to animal painter James Clark and his wife Elizabeth. He was born on 29 October 1843 and was baptised on 8 April 1849 at Christchurch, Hoxton, Middlesex. He is first recorded as an artist on the census of 1861 when he was 17. At this time he was living with his widower father at 21 Walbrook Street, Hoxton New Town.
In 1868, aged 24, Albert married Ellen Parsons, who was the younger sister of his father's second wife. They had four children, including artist Frederick Albert Clark. Ellen died after giving birth to twins in 1873. Two years on, Albert married Harriet Jane Ireland, and the family moved to 81 Riversdale Road, Islington, which was just a few doors along from his father James. Albert had three more children with Harriet, including artist William Albert Clark.
Albert's speciality was oil paintings of horses, although there are some cattle portraits and a small number of dog portraits recorded. He obtained commissions to paint race horses, sometimes depicted with their riders. He also painted horse portraits for the prizewinners of the Islington Horse Show which was held annually at the Islington Agricultural Hall near his home. There is a least one version of his father's painting "The Runaway Horse" attributed to Albert Clark.
Albert's census returns from 1901 onwards note that he was deaf. By 1911 Albert had moved to Seven Sisters Road, Tottenham, Middlesex. He died on 18 December 1928 at North Middlesex Hospital aged 85.
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