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A pointer by a game still life with a gun, pheasant, mallard, partridge, snipe and woodcock in a woodland clearing

£ POA

Artist: WILLIAM MURRAY

REF
374750
Height
67.3 cm (26 1/2")
Width
111.7 cm (43 1/1")
Framed Height
79.8 cm (31 1/2")
Framed Width
124.5 cm (49")





WILLIAM MURRAY
Scottish School



18th century

Oil on canvas, signed,
inscribed
pinxit and dated 1794



William Murray was a Scottish artist about whose life little
is known and whose paintings appear rarely. He worked in the latter part of the
eighteenth century and into the first decade of the nineteenth and is known
through his paintings which are comprised principally of paintings featuring
dogs, either in a sporting still life composition featuring a gun and dead game
usually in a woodland setting or else as studies of dogs more in the animal
portrait mould.

 The still life paintings tend to be a similar horizontal
size and shape are reminiscent of earlier 18th century artists such
as Charles Collins (c.1680-1744), Pieter Andreas Rysbrack (c.1684-1748) and
Edward Langton (fl.1737-1751). The recorded dog portraits have been on a small
scale and are best known from a group of paintings which passed through
Ackermann and featured hounds including one of the Beagles Gudger, Betsey and
Tuner. 

   



Bibliography:



Dictionary of British
Animal Painters
– J C Wood



Dog Painting; A Social
History of the Dog in Art
- William Secord



Dictionary of British Sporting Painters – Sydney M Pavière



Dictionary of Scottish Art – Peter J M McEwan



Dictionary of Sporting Artists 1650-1900 – Mary Ann Wingfield



 



 



Height
67.3 cm (26 1/2")
Width
111.7 cm (43 1/1")
Framed Height
79.8 cm (31 1/2")
Framed Width
124.5 cm (49")
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