Thomas Blinks

Two English setters

Oil on canvas: 14(h) x 18(w) in /

35.6(h) x 45.7(w) cm

Signed lower right: T Blinks

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THOMAS BLINKS

Maidstone 1853 – 1910 St John’s Wood

 

Two English setters

 

Signed lower right: TBlinks

Oil on canvas: 14 x 18 in / 35.5 x 45.7 cm

Frame size: 21 x 25 in / 53.3 x 63.5 cm

In a Victorian style hollow frame

 

Provenance:

Private collection, USA

Selkirk’s, St Louis, 4th May 1997, lot 99;

Richard Green, London;

Private collection, USA

 

 

Thomas Blinks is best known for his hunting and racing scenes and dog pictures.  Despite paternal opposition to his early interest in art, and a fruitless apprenticeship with a tailor, Blinks finally followed his artistic leanings.  Although he received no formal training, his understanding of horse anatomy and action were learnt from observation at Tattersalls.

 

Blinks first exhibited at the Dudley Gallery in 1881, the Royal Society of British Artists in 1882, and regularly at the Royal Academy from 1883 to 1910.  His paintings are much admired for his ability to combine accuracy of observation with freedom of brushwork and a polished finish. Blinks was particularly good at conveying the pose and psychology of sporting dogs at work; this is demonstrated by the animals in this painting.

 

The work of Thomas Blinks is represented in the collection of Her Majesty the Queen; Leicester Museum and Art Gallery, and Preston Manor, Brighton.

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