George Gascoyne (1862-1933)
|Artist Name||George Gascoyne (1862-1933)|
|Title||Race Horse Phoenix with Guillermo Kemmis|
|Description||This superb British 19th century equine oil painting is by noted horse lover, George Gascoyne. Painted in 1889, this French born chestnut horse is Phoenix. While he was essentially a miler, Phoenix (sometimes seen spelled as “Phenix”) came from a family that had produced Classic winners in France at up to 15 furlongs. He proved an excellent sire following his export to Argentina, becoming the foundation stallion for Guillermo Kemmis' breeding program at Haras Las Rosas. This painting is from his time in Argentina with Kemmis. Phoenix is depicted in a flat landscape against a vivid blue sky. A gentleman, possibly his owner, Guillermo Kemmis, stands smiling in front of him holding his reigns and gives perspective to how tall Phoenix is. Although in profile, Phoenix is turning to look at the viewer, his chestnut coat gleaming and his anatomy perfectly portrayed. This is a superb Victorian equine portrait of a noted horse in the 19th century and is a lovely example of Gascoyne's work as a horse lover.
Signed with initials and dated GG 1889 lower right.
|Provenance||Inscribed "Phenix" (Cymbal -- Belle-Etoile) by George Gascoyne, Sittingbourne, Kent to reverse.|
|Medium||Oil on Canvas|
|Size||36 x 28 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a wooden frame, 44 inches by 36 inches and in good condition.|
|Biography||George Gascoyne (1862-1933). Painter and etcher born in Sittingbourne, Kent. Gascoyne studied at the Slade School of Fine Art under Alphonse Legros in the early 1880's and in 1900 married Ethel Slade King also a painter in London. He has held addresses in London, Kent and Somerset.
Exhibited: British Institute1, Glasgow Institute 1, Walker Gallery Liverpool 18, New English Art Club 4, Royal Academy 21, Royal Society of British Artists 1, Royal Society of Painters, Etchers and Engravers 60, Ridley Art Club 35, Royal Institute of Oil Painters 9, Royal Scottish Academy 1.