A wonderful sporting painting of a gamekeeper and dogs in a landscape by James Loder of Bath. The gamekeeper is depicted standing with a rifle resting on his arm and surrounded by hunting dogs made up of spaniels and a terrier.
James Loder was born in Bath around 1797, according to census records. Little is known about his early life and education but by 1825 he had established himself as an artist and was living at Caroline Buildings, Bath with his wife Mary. His son Edwin Loder (1825-1885) also became an artist. Loder specialised in equestrian, sporting and prize animal portraits, earning commissions to paint portraits of the favourite animals of wealthy landowners. He also painted scenes depicting hunting groups, hunters and race-horses, some of which were made into aquatints by G. Hunt. His works would often include the owners, or those closely associated with the animals such as the gamekeeper in this fine example.
He lived most of his life in the city of Bath which had become popular during the reign of George III and was famous for its thermal spa and elegant architecture. However, he would often travel around the country and is known to have visited Wales and Exeter. Coupled with the fact that he occasionally added 'Bath' alongside his signature, this may explain why he became known as James Loder of Bath.
Contrary to some reports, he died in Bath on 27 May 1854 aged 57 and was buried at Bath Abbey. His death was reported in the local The Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette. Examples of his work are held by the National Trust, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Bristol Museum, Museum of Rural Life and Armagh County Museum.
|The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|As with all of our original antique oil paintings, this work is offered in ready to hang gallery condition, having been professionally cleaned, restored and revarnished.
|19 inches x 23.5 inches (48cm x 59.5cm)
|24.5 inches x 29 inches (62cm x 73.5cm)