Florence Mabel Hollams (1877-1967)
|Artist Name||Florence Mabel Hollams (1877-1967)|
|Title||Portrait of Freda the Springer Spaniel|
|Description||This beautiful British portrait oil painting of a dog is by noted female animal artist Florence Mabel Hollams. Painted in 1943 the painting is of Freda, a black and white Spring Spaniel. As well as being a beautiful dog, Freda was exceptionally brave as she was a war dog in the second world war. Freda is mentioned twice in the diary of a serving officer of the British Expeditionary Force during the lead up to the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940. The brushwork and detail show the lovely markings on her legs and freckles on her nose as well as her calm gaze. A really lovely animal portrait of a special dog by a gifted female animal artist.
Signed and dated 1943 lower left. Titled upper left.
|Medium||Oil on Board|
|Size||13 x 18 inches|
|Frame||Housed in a complementary frame, 25 inches by 20 inches and in good condition.|
F. M. Hollams, (1877-1967). She is described by Stella Walker, in 'British Sporting Art in the Twentieth Century' London 1989 : 'Always a lightning artist, after looking at a horse for only five minutes and making a few sketches on pieces of wood in her paint box, the first picture would be completed by the end of another week'. Her chauffeur would apparently have been commissioned to collect samples of the horses manes and coats. Walker comments that Hollams 'had to compete with such outstanding exponents as Munnings and Lionel Edwards', but their respective styles were so different the comparison is hardly relevant. Hollams filled a need for lifelike reminders of treasured horses and dogs for customers who probably had little interest in art. The results have an almost iconic appeal, and represent a way of life that changed for ever after the first and second world wars, when the country piles, with stables full of horses, which she visited in her large car, started to decay and be sold off when their incumbents could no longer afford their upkeep. One of the best collections of work by Hollams can be seen at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, the property of the National Trust.