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Sporting & Wildlife Paintings

Sporting and wildlife art has been around since the 18th century, and is found most among English and American artists. Paintings come in a wide variety of subject matter. They can be stiff, formal portraits of prized racehorses in a stable, or of dogs bounding through a field on a hunt. A sporting and wildlife picture might be a study of ducks in a pond, or big game in South Africa.

Most auction houses have a special department for this area of collecting. Sotheby’s, for example, has Equestrian, Maritime, and Wildlife Art; while Christie’s has Sporting and Wildlife Art. Consistent with styles in the general history of art, animals are depicted more realistically, instead of idealized, in more recent paintings.

Photographer Eadweard Muybridge made an enormous contribution to wildlife painting when he used photography to determine how a horse moves its legs when running. In the early 20th century, sporting and wildlife artists hit a high point as painters including Archibald Thorburn and John Charlton captured a distinctive sense of realism and natural motion.


Quick Facts

  • Sotheby’s London included "Pheasants in Winter," 1909, by Archibald Thorburn in a May 22, 2014 sale of British and Irish art. The painting sold for £84,100
  • Another painting by Thorburn, "Swerving from the Guns – Red Grouse," 1913, sold for £151,250 in a Sotheby’s London sale of Victorian and Edwardian art on December 16, 2010
  • A painting from the same time period, "The Pride of the Hunt," 1913, by John Charlton, sold for £30,000 at Christie’s London on June 5, 2013

Recommended Items at Auction

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BENJAMIN MARSHALL (BRITISH 1767-1835), A GENTLEMAN ON A BAY HORSE
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
BENJAMIN MARSHALL (BRITISH 1767-1835), A GENTLEMAN ON A BAY HORSE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £7,000- £10,000
£6,5000 Bids
EDWARD BENJAMIN HERBERTE (1857-1893), PERO GOMEZ IN HIS STABLE
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
EDWARD BENJAMIN HERBERTE (1857-1893), PERO GOMEZ IN HIS STABLE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,8000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), DRAWING COVER
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), DRAWING COVER
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,2000 Bids
WILLIAM JOSEPH SHAYER (BRITISH 1811-1892), THE MEET; AND CLOSING IN (2)
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
WILLIAM JOSEPH SHAYER (BRITISH 1811-1892), THE MEET; AND CLOSING IN (2)
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£2,4000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), WAITING FOR THE MASTER
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), WAITING FOR THE MASTER
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £8,000- £12,000
£6,0000 Bids
SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN (BRITISH 1810-1894), DRAGS OF THE FOUR-IN-HAND CLUB
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN (BRITISH 1810-1894), DRAGS OF THE FOUR-IN-HAND CLUB
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,200- £1,800
£1,0000 Bids
CIRCLE OF JOHN WOOTTON (BRITISH 1686-1765), A HUNTING PARTY
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
CIRCLE OF JOHN WOOTTON (BRITISH 1686-1765), A HUNTING PARTY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£3,5000 Bids
FOLLOWER OF JOHN FERNELEY SENIOR, THE HUNT IN FULL CRY
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
FOLLOWER OF JOHN FERNELEY SENIOR, THE HUNT IN FULL CRY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), A PARTRIDGE IN FLIGHT
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), A PARTRIDGE IN FLIGHT
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£2,8000 Bids
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), MALLARDS RISING
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), MALLARDS RISING
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £4,000- £6,000
£3,5000 Bids
ROSA BRETT (BRITISH 1829-1882), SNIPE AT EVENING
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
ROSA BRETT (BRITISH 1829-1882), SNIPE AT EVENING
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£7000 Bids
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), RED GROUSE
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
ARCHIBALD THORBURN (BRITISH 1860-1935), RED GROUSE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £8,000- £12,000
£7,0000 Bids
HENRY LUCAS LUCAS (BRITISH 1848-1943), STENTOR AND HARPER
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
HENRY LUCAS LUCAS (BRITISH 1848-1943), STENTOR AND HARPER
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£5000 Bids
ABRAHAM COOPER (BRITISH 1787-1886), CHESTNUT RACEHORSE IN AN EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPE
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
ABRAHAM COOPER (BRITISH 1787-1886), CHESTNUT RACEHORSE IN AN EXTENSIVE LANDSCAPE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£8000 Bids
JOHN ALFRED WHEELER (BRITISH 1821-1903), A SADDLED BAY HUNTER BY A FENCE
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
JOHN ALFRED WHEELER (BRITISH 1821-1903), A SADDLED BAY HUNTER BY A FENCE
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,500
£1,2000 Bids
CLARICE SMITH (AMERICAN B. 1933), NECK AND NECK
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
CLARICE SMITH (AMERICAN B. 1933), NECK AND NECK
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,5000 Bids
λ LIONEL EDWARDS (BRITISH 1878-1966), ON THE SCENT
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
λ LIONEL EDWARDS (BRITISH 1878-1966), ON THE SCENT
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £2,000- £3,000
£1,8000 Bids
λ LIONEL EDWARDS (BRITISH 1878-1966), THE QUORN AT QUENBY
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
λ LIONEL EDWARDS (BRITISH 1878-1966), THE QUORN AT QUENBY
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£6000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), MOVING OFF TO DRAW
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), MOVING OFF TO DRAW
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,4000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), A MAILCOACH
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), A MAILCOACH
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,4000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), HUNTSMEN BY A STREAM
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), HUNTSMEN BY A STREAM
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,4000 Bids
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), GONE TO GROUND; GREETING THE MASTER
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
GEORGE WRIGHT (BRITISH 1860-1942), GONE TO GROUND; GREETING THE MASTER
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £800- £1,200
£7000 Bids
HENRY LUCAS LUCAS (BRITISH 1848-1943), A GROUP OF WARWICKSHIRE BITCHES
Dec 14, 10:30 AM GMT
HENRY LUCAS LUCAS (BRITISH 1848-1943), A GROUP OF WARWICKSHIRE BITCHES
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £1,500- £2,000
£1,0000 Bids
AUTHENTIC KOBE BRYANT "LEGENDS ARE FOREVER" ORIGINAL ACRYLIC OIL CANVAS PAINTING - GOLD EDITION
Dec 07, 10:00 PM EST
AUTHENTIC KOBE BRYANT "LEGENDS ARE FOREVER" ORIGINAL ACRYLIC OIL CANVAS PAINTING - GOLD EDITION
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2500 Bids

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