WILLIAM HUGGINS | TWO PUMAS IN A LANDSCAPE
PROPERTY FROM RAFAEL VALLS LTD, LONDON
Liverpool 1820 - 1884 Christleton
TWO PUMAS IN A LANDSCAPE
signed and dated lower right: W. Huggins 1840
oil on panel
unframed: 50.8 x 66 cm.; 20 x 26⅜ in.
framed: 63.5 x 79.8 cm.; 25 x 31½ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is clean and the varnish is clear and even. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals retouching throughout the painting to disguise the appearance of craquelure. In overall good condition.
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In the collection of the Master of Kinnaird;
With Ackerman & Johnson;
From whom acquired in 1966 by Mary Lou Cashman, Illinois.
London, The Lowndes Lodge Gallery, William Huggins of Liverpool, 23 November – 9 December 1966, no. 39.
"Somewhere between George Stubbs and Jacques Laurent Agasse, Huggins’ paintings capture the nineteenth-century fascination with exotic animals and the romance of Britain’s global trade network. Depictions of pumas are particularly unusual in European art from this period, and this is exactly what you would expect from the Rafael Valls gallery – something a bit different, a bit quirky, possibly by an artist you haven’t heard of before – but so much more interesting for it."
William Huggins was an English artist who specialised in drawing animals and is known for his brilliance of colour. A member of the Liverpool Academy of Arts, he enjoyed the close company of animals and has been compared to his fellow Liverpool artist, George Stubbs.