Oil Painting Equestrian Lady Riding Bay Hunter Horse Lille By John Gregory King
Capture the essence of daring adventure with this beautiful sporting oil painting by Equestrian Lady Riding Bay Hunter Horse Lille by John Gregory King. Perfect for the risk-taker, this artwork brings a feeling of boldness and challenge. Take your wall decor to the next level!
- Title “Equestrian Lady riding a horse Lilley in a parkland” By the artist § John Gregory King (1929-2014)
- Signed by the well-known listed artist is John Gregory King, the name of the horse is inscribed verso Lilley.
- Oil on canvas.
- Circa late 20th century to 76 to 1976.
- Nice size with the frame being 91 cm wide & 75.8 cm high.
- Subject beautiful portrait of a thoroughbred brown bay hunter horse with an equestrian lady rider holding a reigns and whip positioned on the saddle, riding trotting about on her horse called Lilley in open countryside parkland with low cut green grass in side profile facing left. With views of a large home building in the distant background, just further forward is a long winding field fence which goes right along with a gate. A few large tall bar trees are shown along with other other evergreen trees in the background and vegetation set during autumn, the lady rider and her horse are casting a large dark shadow on the ground to the lower left. Above, mainly overcast sky with blue shining through in places. The lady is very smart and elegant, wearing her traditional black riding jacket and black leather boots, wearing white gloves and a black riding hat.
- This is a breathtaking work of art.
- John King or John Gregory King (16 April 1929 – 8 September 2014) was a British postwar & contemporary English artist, considered a leading sporting artist of the postwar era. His works stretched from military and ceremonial occasions, to horse and hound portraits, and hunting scenes. King was born in West Tytherley in Hampshire to Arthur Gregory King and Dorothy (ne Greenman). They ran a farm on which John would occasionally work as he was growing up. It is said King showed an aptitude for drawing from a young age, sketching the horses on which he learned to ride and hunt. He was educated at Sanford School in Dorset, and, with the encouragement of artist Lionel Edwards, a family friend, went on to study at Salisbury College of Art. King worked in water colors, oil, and pencil. He was also known to sculpt. His paintings have sold at auctions around the world with the highest recorded selling price being 6,701 US Dollars, For the Enlarge & Zoom which sold at Christie’s auction in London just over 20 years ago.
- King rose to fame for his illustrations for the Illustrated London News and Horse and Hound‘ Magazine. He often worked with former Horse and Hound Editor Michael Clayton, producing illustrations for Michael's weekly column “Oxford's Hunting Diary”. In 1984, Clayton and King produced a book titled "The Golden Thread" which had illustrations of many hunts across the UK. King also illustrated books by Jim Meads, Robin Page and many others. King became a founding member of the Society of Equestrian Artists. He became known for the quote that hunting scenes are “90 percent landscape”
- In later life, King went on to exhibit with both the Royal Institute and the Society of Wildlife Artists. From 1966 onward, he held at least ten 'one man exhibits' and many shared exhibits. His magnum opus was a commission for Sheikh Mohamed Al Touma, Vice-President of the UAE and Emir of Dubai, which comprised a 16 ft by 8 ft painting of Dubai Millennium, the Sheikh's racehorse and winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. The painting is considered to be the largest equestrian painting produced in the UK for at least 200 years. Other high-profile patrons included the Dukes of Beaufort and Cumberland, Household Cavalry, City of London Livery Companies and Metatarsals bloodstock auctioneers.
- Provenance label The is & now in the collection of Cheshire Antiques Consultant.
- Sources 1. "John King - obituary". telegraphically. 2. "Farewell to... John King - Horse & Hound". horseandhound.co.uk. 20 September 2014. 3. "John King HSEA – Society of Equestrian Artists", equestrianartists.co.uk
- Provenance label verso.
- Such a delightful scene to the eye.
- Highly sought after due to the collectible equine animal nature of the subject matter and such elaborate detail.
- With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display.
- Incredible conversation piece for your guests.
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- Condition report.
- Offered in fine used condition.
- Condition report is overall in very good overall condition. There are some & minor fox stains on the painted surface. The frame has general wear, scuffs, stains and minor losses commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame
High (75.8 cm)
Wide (91 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (6.5 cm)