Lot 36
  • 36

Thomas Blinks

Estimate
100,000 - 150,000 GBP
bidding is closed

Description

  • Thomas Blinks
  • A Good Point
  • signed l.l.: TBlinks
  • oil on canvas
  • 94 by 66cm., 37 by 26in.

Provenance

Michael Newman
Acquired by the father of the present owner circa 1950
Thence by descent

Condition

STRUCTURE Original Canvas. PAINT SURFACE The paint surface is in good original condition and will benefit from a light clean. ULTRAVIOLET UV light reveals no sign of retouching. FRAME Held in the original plaster gilt frame in fair condition.
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Catalogue Note

Thomas Blinks was one of the finest dog painters of the 19th century and the present work was executed at the height of his powers.  He was a master at depicting accurate canine anatomy.  Blinks composition is executed from a low perspective, this not only elevates the pointers' presence but draws the viewer into the tension of the moment as the scent of game has been detected.  This drama imbues the subject with an unquestionable sense of life and energy, a feeling which is enforced on close inspection by the meticulously painted glint on the dogs' eyes and noses.

English Pointers have been bred since the 17th century and are thought to derive from a cross between the greyhound, bloodhound, foxhound and bull terrier.  They were originally used in a variety of ways including falconry and often in tandem with another breed; for example hare coursing would involve the pointer locating the game before releasing a greyhound to catch it.  The pointer was introduced to the United States in the late 19th century where it thrived in the wide open landscapes and soon usurped the setter as the game bird hunting dog of choice.