THOMAS BLINKS | THE SANCTUARY
60,000 - 80,000 USD
Property from the Estate of Marcel Lindenbaum
1860 - 1912
signed T BLINKS. (lower left)
oil on canvas
44⅞ by 66⅛ in.
114 by 168 cm
Not examined out of the frame. Wax lined. At the left upper edge, the edge of the original canvas is visible and there is some flaking. Faint craquelure in the dogs. Scattered frame abrasion along left edge. Under UV: scattered inpainting to address prior craquelure in the foreground and on the wall at center left. There are two small, approximately 2 inch areas of inpainting above the trees at center left and a large upside down 'U' shaped repair approximately 3 inches wide extending from the left upper edge. There are a few isolated pin dots of retouching in the sky and some additional inpainting to address prior craquelure surrounding the right column and lion. Scattered inpainting along the upper left and right upper edges to address prior frame abrasion.
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Sale: Sotheby's, London, June 15, 1988, lot 138, illustrated
Hyde Park Antiques, New York
Acquired from the above circa 1989
Born in northwest London, Thomas Blinks overcame his parent's objections to his pursuit of a career in art, as well as a fruitless apprenticeship with a tailor, to become one of the foremost painters of sporting and hunting pictures. He committed to his art, despite no formal training, and gleaned much from his time spent at Tattersalls, the largest auctioneer of race horses in the United Kingdom.
Blinks first exhibited at the Dudley Gallery in 1881, the Royal Society of British Artists in 1882, and then regularly at the Royal Academy from 1883 to 1910. He was celebrated for his scenes of hunting hounds, like The Sanctuary, which combined the artist's accuracy of observation with freedom of brushwork and a polished finish. Blinks' work is represented in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen; Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, and Preston Manor, Brighton.