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    James Walsham Baldock (British, 1812-1898)
    Two bay horses and a dappled grey in a field with trees on the left, 1869
    Oil on canvas
    33 x 43 inches (83.8 x 109.2 cm)
    Signed and dated lower right: JBaldock [JB in ligature] / 1869

    Frost & Reed, London (label verso);
    Collection of Lois Stephens, Ossining, New York and Greenbrier Sporting Club, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

    Self-taught British sporting artist, James Walsham Baldock, displayed a remarkable gift for animal painting as a young man, which he developed into a detailed and finished style in oil, watercolor, gouache and pastel. Working as a professional artist from the time he was 25, Baldock soon achieved financial success selling work locally in his native Yorkshire as well as through national exhibitions where his work attracted the patronage of sporting and equestrian groups among the English and Irish gentry. Although best known for his paintings of horses, such as the fine present example, Baldock also painted many portraits of dogs and shooting scenes set in the Scottish Highlands. In 1884 the artist relocated to Sherwood Rise in Nottingham where he lived for the rest of his life.

    The most recent owner of this handsome horse painting was Lois Stephens (1923-2018), a Brooklyn-born dressage trainer, rider and Hanoverian horse breeder, who had degrees in law and in mechanical engineering, as well as a pilot's license. An avid horse lover, Stephens earned the honor of competing as a member of the US Olympic Equestrian team (dressage) in the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games in Mexico and Munich, respectively. Upon retirement she trained students in the art of dressage at her Star Brook Farm estate in Ossining, New York, where she also was instrumental in breeding the disappearing Hanoverian horse breeds. This portrait by James Baldock hung proudly over the mantel in Lois Stephens' second home at the Greenbrier in West Virginia.

    Condition Report*: wax lined canvas. very fine stable craquelure commensurate with age. Under UV examination one can see an older varnish on top of which are a few areas of restoration entirely confined to the background. The horses are in original untouched condition. Areas of restoration include the following: one inch patch of inpaint  the clouds at upper right quadrant; a 1 1/2 inch patch of inpaint addressing a loss lower center in the vegetation; a 2 x 2 inch patch of strenthening in far upper right corner; a couple patches of inpaint near horse's rump in background on the right; and some strengthening in the white clouds on the far right side.   Framed Dimensions 39 X 49 X 3 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    7th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
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