New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998
Although firm biographical information relating to Samuel Spode is elusive, he is thought to have been a trainer on the Curragh, Co. Klare. Although it was common to supplement a trainer's income with another profession, more unusual was Spode's decision to take up painting, yet he developed a loyal following. In the following lot by Henry Alken, we have a delightful and rare sight of Spode the trainer.
The signature and title may have been strengthened. The canvas is lined. There is a craquelure pattern across the surface, which appears stable. Overall the work appears in good condition.
UV light reveals isolated areas of retouching through the sky, also some areas to the horse and further areas through the foreground.
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