Oil Painting Equestrian Lady Riding Bay Hunter Horse Lilley By John Gregory King
Capture the essence of daring adventure with this beautiful sporting oil painting Equestrian Lady Riding Bay Hunter Horse Lilley 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 known listed artist John Gregory King, name of the horse inscribed verso Lilley.
- Oil on canvas.
- Circa late 20th century dated 76 for 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 equestrian lady rider holding 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 bare tall trees are shown along 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 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 post war & contemporary English artist, considered a leading sporting artist of the post war 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 (née 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 Canford 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 colours, oil, and pencil. He was also known to sculpt. His paintings have sold at auctions around the world with the highest recorded sold price being 6,701 US Dollars, For the Enlarge & Zoom which sold in 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 “Foxford’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 per cent 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 Mohammed Al Maktoum, 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 was 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 Northumberland, Household Cavalry, City of London Livery Companies and Tattersalls bloodstock auctioneers.
- Provenance label verso & now in the collection of Cheshire Antiques Consultant.
- Sources 1. "John King - obituary". telegraph.co.uk. 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 subject matter 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 overall in very good overall condition. There is some craquelure & minor foxing stains on the painting surface. The frame has general wear, scuffs, stains minor losses commensurate with usage & age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame approximate
High (75.8 cm)
Wide (91 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (6.5 cm)