Albert Clark was born on 29 October 1843 in Hoxton London into the Clark family of artists. His father was the animal painter James Lawrence Clark (1812-1909)and his mother was Elizabeth London. His brothers Samuel James Clark (1841-1928), Octavius Thomas Clark (1850-1921) and half-brother James Albert Clark (1863-1955) all became artists. Two of his children Frederick Albert Clark (1869-1954) and William Albert Clark (1880-1963) also inherited the Clark talent for painting.
Given the similarity in style and subject matter, it is highly likely he was taught by his father alongside his brothers. He made his debut at an early age, being recorded as an artist at the age of just 17. His subjects initially followed that of his father and included horses, cattle and dogs. However, Albert soon began to specialise in horse portraits and received many commissions to paint race horses and show winners such as this fine example.
He married Ellen Parsons on 2 April, 1868 and together they had 4 children (Frederick Albert Clark being the youngest) and lived at 64 Shepperton Cottages, Islington. After the death of his first wife, he married Harriet Jane Ireland on 19 June, 1875. Together they had 3 more children, one of whom was William Albert Clark.
By 1881, he had moved to 81 Riverdale Road, Islington living on the same road as his father. His second wife died in 1896 and sometime after 1901, he moved to the Seven Sisters Road in Tottenham where he spent the rest of his life. He died at Middlesex Hospital on 18 December 1928. Examples of his works can be found at the Totnes Elizabethan House Museum and Doncaster Museum.
Rosador was a champion Hackney Stallion who was owned by F W Buttle, of Thirkelby Manor, Wharram near York. He was foaled in 1892 and his sire was Sir Walter Gilbey's Danegelt. He won several prizes throughout his career including the champion cup and silver medal at the London Hackney Show in 1895, for the best stallion in four classes. Like many owners of prize winners at the time, F W Buttle would have wanted to mark Rosador's first major championship and commissioned Clark to paint a portrait of the horse. Being an experienced artist, Clark made sure he included the champion rosette in the painting. Rosador was described in the sporting pages of the time as being “nicely balanced” with “fine quality, good shoulders and quarters and flat bone” and was noted for being a “compact and free moving chestnut”.
|Presentation||The work is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.|
|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.|
|Image Size||19 inches x 23.25 inches (48cm x 59cm)|
|Framed Size||24.5 inches x 28.75 inches (62cm x 73cm)|