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19th Century Painting Of Lord Methuen’s Spaniels By William Barraud (1810-1850)


"19th Century Painting Of Lord Methuen’s Spaniels By William Barraud (1810-1850)"
A painting of Lord Methuen's Gipsy and Fairy Spaniels, by William Barraud, standing beside a classical urn in a lakeside landscape, probably in the grounds of Corsham Court in Wiltshire, the campaign seat of the Methuen family. Signed and dated 'W Barraud F 1849' (center right).
Oil on canvas in a gilded wooden frame.

Provenance:
Paul Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen (1779-1849), Corsham. Wilshire.
Sale Sotheby's New York Master Paintings, May 26, 2016, lot 77
Exhibited: London, Royal Academy of Arts, 1849, no. 447, "Gypsy" and "Fairy", Favorite Spaniels, owned by Lord Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen.

Paul Methuen, 1st Baron Methuen (1779-1849) was a British Whig politician who was raised to the peerage and became a baron in 1838. He sat as MP for Wiltshire from 1812 to 1819 and Wiltshire North from 1833 to 1837 and was appointed High Sheriff of Wiltshire in 1831. The Methuen family was very fond of animals, and 18th-century visitors to Corsham Court commented on the menagerie of dogs, parrots and other birds found there. Lord Methuen clearly inherited this love of animals and chose to celebrate and commemorate his beloved dogs through this delightful painting.

William Barraud (1810 - October 1, 1850) was an English animal painter and illustrator, and was the brother of Henry Barraud, with whom he collaborated on many works. He was born in Lambeth, London, one of 17 children of William Francis Barraud (1783–1833), a Custom House clerk, and Sophia (née) Hull. The family was of French Huguenot origin who came to England when the Edict of Nantes was revoked. His younger brother Henry Barraud was also a notable artist, and another, Edward, although talented in art, did not make it a profession. On leaving school he is said to have become a clerk at the Custom House where his father worked (although there is no record of this), but eventually became a student of artist Abraham Cooper. As an animal artist he specialized in painting horses and dogs, exhibiting at the Royal Academy from 1829 to 1850, the British Institution from 1828 to 1849, and the Society of British Artists. His work was popular with hunters and dog owners. He also produced historical and landscape paintings. William shared a studio, from 1835 until his untimely death, with his brother Henry, and collaborated on many subject pictures with himself painting the animals and Henry the figures. Several of these joint works have been exhibited at the Royal Academy. The brothers also jointly produced a book called "Sketches of Figures and Animals" (H. Graves and Co. c. 1850). William also collaborated on another book with fellow artist Thomas Fairland (1804-1852), "The Book of Animals Drawn from Nature" (C. Tilt, 1846).

Literature: Sir W. Gilbey, Animal Painters of England, London, 1900, I, p. 54.
Price : $19,000
Artist : William Barraud (1810-1850)
Period: 19th century
Style: Victorian
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 104cm (41in)
Height : 81.3cm (32in)

Reference : 906
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