'' Deemster ''
Oil on canvas
13 x 10.25 in (33 x 26 cm) framed approx
A fine oil on canvas portrait of a hound named Deemster, by the renowned canine and equestrian artist George Paice. Excellent quality study of the alert hound with his tail held high. Signed and dated 1910 lower right.
Excellent condition with no sign of damage or restoration. Presented in a gilt frame and ready to hang.
Born in Pimlico, London, Paice studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and at the Royal Academy from 1905-1910. He worked mostly for private collectors, his paintings almost never present at public exhibitions. Nevertheless, he did exhibit his works at the Royal Academy and at the Royal Society of British Artists, gaining notoriety among the wealthy.
He was quickly a much sought-after artist by the English aristocracy, with one or two sponsors encouraging his work. Probably for that reason, most of his paintings remained in private collections until two decades ago when some of those works appeared at well known auction houses such as Christie's.
Works in public collections:
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool - "Marsh Mallow'' (1920)
Leeds Art Gallery - "Three Horses: 'Whissendine'', ''Swallow'' and ''Tiptop'' (1886)
National Trust, Mount Stewart - ''Tess'', a Collie in a Landscape" (c. 1910)
Museum of Modern Art, New York City
The National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia
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