An original oil on board painting of the prize-winning Airedale terrier 'Midland Royal', by A. Stevenson. Very little is known about this artist, except that they were very prolific around the late Victorian/early Edwardian period. This coincided with the huge upsurge in breeding and showing dogs at Kennel Clubs around that time. The first Crufts Show was in 1891.
Stevenson was clearly an artist popular with dog owners in the early 1900s, and therefore might have been a member of a Kennel Club themselves in order to gain so many commissions. This particular painting seems typical of other compositions, with a naive rendition of the dog, mainly focusing on the animal's characteristic markings to identify it, and set against an ambiguous rural background. These Stevenson dog portraits are now becoming highly sought after.
SOLD -Naive folk art Airedale terrier - 'Champion Midland Royal' by A. Stevenson
Dimensions (h x w)
31 x 39cm