JAMES HENRY BROCAS | A BLACK IRISH DRAUGHT HORSE IN A LANDSCAPE
1,000 - 1,500 GBP
JAMES HENRY BROCAS
Irish, 1780 - 1846
A BLACK IRISH DRAUGHT HORSE IN A LANDSCAPE
signed and dated l.l.: J.H. Brocas 1835
oil on canvas
63.5 by 76.2cm., 25 by 30in.
The canvas has a strip lining, and there are areas on the reverse that have been layered with wax. The paint surface is clean with a clear and even varnish. There are scattered lines of discoloured retouching in the sky, notably on the left, mostly to reduce the appearance of craquelure. There is also visible retouching to a restored damage in the shoulder of the horse, as well as scattered small, fine lines in his body. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals this, and confirms more notable retouching in in the hind leg of the horse and in the lower section of his abdomen, as well as in his cheek and jaw. Cosmetic retouchings are also revealed along the margins, in the foreground lower left and in the sky upper right. These are all sensitively executed and do not impede the legibility of the image which is ready to hang in its current state.
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