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19Th Century Oil Painting Rough Scottish Collie Dog By John Trivett Nettleship

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Bring a piece of Victorian charm into your home with this stunning oil painting by John Trivett Nettleship. Featuring a rough Scottish Collie dog, this painting captures the beauty and loyalty of this beloved breed. A must-have for any art collector or dog lover!"

If you are looking for a painting to that really stands out to display in your private home or corporate office then this is for you, love this magnificent piece.

Title “Portrait of A Scottish Rough Border Collie Dog"

Subject portrait of beautiful impressive Scottish Rough Collie Dog in side profile facing left. Having a lush thick brown and white coat, standing in an impressive pose set in outdoor landscape setting.

Oil on canvas.

Signed bottom corner by the known listed British artist John Trivett Nettleship.

Circa late 19th century dated 1898 Victorian era.

Set in later gilt frame.

This is a rather fine example of his works.

John Trivett Nettleship (11 February 1841 – 31 August 1902) was a British 19th century artist, known & celebrated artist for his depictions of animals particularly wild animals.  This work of a domesticated Border Collie dog is rare & unusual work for this artist. Nettleship studied at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and at the Slade School of Fine Art. His daughter, Ida Nettleship (1877-1907) went on to become an artist, and the first wife of the painter Augustus John (1871-1961).The highest recorded sold price was $11,222 US dollars which was for Perilous Play that sold at Bonhams in 1999. He was also an author and book illustrator.

He was born in Kettering, Northamptonshire on 11 February 1841, the second son of Henry John Nettleship, a solicitor there, and brother of Henry Nettleship, Richard Lewis Nettleship, and of Edward Nettleship, the ophthalmic surgeon. His mother was Isabella Ann, daughter of James Hogg, vicar of Geddington and Master of Kettering Grammar School. Nettleship was for some time a chorister at New College, Oxford. Afterwards he was sent to the cathedral school at Durham, where his brother Henry had preceded him. Having won the English verse prize on the subject of "Venice" in 1856, he was taken away comparatively young, in order to enter his father's office. There he remained for two or three years, finishing his articles in London. Admitted a solicitor and in practice for a brief period, he decided to devote himself to art, and entered himself as a student at Heatherley's and at the Slade School in London, but was largely self-taught. 

For twenty-seven years (1874–1901) he exhibited spacious oil pictures of lions, tigers, etc., at the Royal Academy and for most of the period at the Grosvenor Gallery. In 1880 Nettleship was invited to India by the Gaekwar of Baroda, for whom he painted a cheetah hunt as well as an equestrian portrait. In his later years he took to the medium of pastel, and, painting his old subjects on a smaller scale, enjoyed greater popularity. Nettleship was far more than a painter. His intellectual sympathies were unusually wide. In 1868, when only twenty-seven, he published a volume of Essays on Robert Browning's Poetry, which was probably the first serious study of the poet. It passed through three editions with considerable enlargements. The third edition was titled Robert Browning: Essays and Thoughts (1895). The book brought about an intimate friendship between the poet and his critic. Another book that shows both his mature power of literary expression and his opinions about his own art is George Morland and the Evolution from him of some Later Painters (1898).

Here there are touches of self-portraiture. He was one of The Brotherhood, a group of the 1870s including John Butler Yeats and Edwin John Ellis. They were admirers of William Blake, on friendly terms with the Pre-Raphaelites or at least the Rossetti brothers, and part of the Bedford Park social and artistic group.He created a group of what he called "Blake drawings" exploring the style of the poet-artist. He also made the Blake-influenced illustrations to Arthur O'Shaughnessy's poetry collection Epic of Women and other poems in 1870. Nettleship died in London on 31 August 1902, and was buried at Kensal Green Cemetery. A memorial tablet in bronze, designed by Sir George Frampton, with the aid of two locally born artists, Sir Alfred East and Thomas Cooper Gotch, was placed in the parish church at Kettering. He wrote in Essays on Robert Browning's poetry (1868) the first major work of criticism on Browning, whose mid-century reputation was in the doldrums. This brought him Browning's friendship. He was prominent as a founder of the Browning Society.

He wrote also a biography of the artist George Morland, George Morland and the Evolution from him of some Later Painters (1898). In 1876, he married Ada Cort Hinton, a fashion designer and the daughter of James Hinton. She survived him with three daughters, the eldest of whom, Ida, was an artist and the first wife of the artist Augustus John.

Provenance  Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 12 November 1971, lot 191.  Private Collection, Germany, Roseberys London, in collection of Cheshire Antiques Consultant.

Sources Foster, R. F. (1998). W. B. Yeats: A Life. Vol. I. p. 12.Leighton, Alexandra (2005). Life and Letters of Robert Browning. Cosimo. p. 327. ISBN 978-159605667-1. Trodd, Colin (2012). Visions of Blake. Liverpool University Press. Attribution This article also incorporates text from a publication which is in the public domain: Cotton, James Sutherland (1912). "Nettleship, John Trivett". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). Vol. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co. pp. 4–5.

The Rough Collie (also known as the Long-Haired Collie) is a long-coated dog breed of medium to large size that, in its original form, was a type of collie used and bred for herding sheep in Scotland. More recent breeding has focused on the Collie as a show dog, and also companion. The breed specifications call for a distinctive long narrow tapered snout and tipped (semiprick) ears, so some dogs have their ears taped when young. Rough Collies generally come in shades of sable and white (sometimes mahogany), blue merle, tri-colored, and colour-headed white.

Originating in the 19th century, the breed is now well known through the stories of author Albert Payson Terhune about his dog Lad,Such a delightful scene to the eye a great conversation piece. 

Highly sought after due to the collectible hunting animal nature of subject matter such elaborate detail. 

With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home wall display. 

Condition report. 

Offered in fine used condition. 

Front painting surface in good overall order. Having foxing stains & craquelure in places also a paint touch up to some background areas. Original canvas, sset in a later gilt frame which has various general wear, scuffs, stains & chips, losses, overpainting commensurate with usage & old age. It would benefit with being reframed.

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Dimensions in centimetres of the frame

High (58 cm)
Wide (73 cm)
Depth thickness of frame (4 cm)

Item Info

Seller Location

Covent Garden, London

Item Dimensions

H: 58cm W: 73cm D: 4cm



Item Location

United Kingdom

Seller Location

Covent Garden, London

Item Location

United Kingdom

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