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The New Keeper


This new offer for Clumber spaniel enthusiasts is a work of art that is both delightful and different.


Called The New Keeper, it is a charming composition of a boy – probably the young master dressed up in gamekeeper’s attire of coat and bowler hat, and with a muzzle-loading gun, all much too big for him – where he is the centre of attention for a whole kennel of Clumbers. The scene suggests a location on one of the big sporting estates in Victorian England.


Dating from 1888, The New Keeper was painted exactly 100 years after the work that marks the first evidence of Clumbers in England, The Return from Shooting by Francis Wheatley. The painting is by Charles Burton Barber. He was the artist whose pictures were used in many of the most familiar Pears soap advertising posters tenderly portraying children with dogs.


Barber’s scene of Clumbers joining the boy’s game of make-believe was almost certainly a commissioned work by the owner of an estate big enough to warrant such a sizeable kennel. There, the dogs would have been worked in teams to move game to holding coverts (called “blanking in”), the birds then driven towards standing guns, as well as hunted singly and in pairs and shot over as they are today.

 





Attempts to trace the location have not yet borne fruit – so if anyone out there recognises the place, or the keeper’s uniform, do let us know.


The picture is a hitherto little-known work by an acclaimed artist whose chief patron was Queen

Victoria; she commissioned him to paint her favourite dogs for almost 25 years. He was a regular exhibitor at the Royal Academy, and won numerous accolades. With a clue from another Clumber owner, this oil painting was traced to the storeroom of an obscure municipal gallery in the English Midlands. Under exclusive arrangements, it has now been reproduced, to a very high standard that faithfully replicates the original work in all its quality.


The dogs depicted would not be out of place today, with all the characteristics – and character – of the largest breed of land spaniel, still a rare breed, distinctive in its pearly-white coat with lemon markings, its pink nose, short ears, sad-looking eyes and big feet.

 

The New Keeper is now available, in an edition limited to 500 hand-numbered prints, size 18 x 22½ in. (45 x 57 cm.), including a 2 – 2½ in. (5½ – 7 cm.) border.


 




Price excluding delivery


£44.00

 




A Rest between Labours


A striking close portrayal of the working Clumbers at Clumber Park by John Emms (1843-1912), probably one of his later works, judging from the bold brushwork that not merely captures the character and presence of some of the breed’s foundation stock while taking a breather from their successful hunt, but brings these beautiful dogs to life.


A superb quality image, printed to demanding standards, faithfully reproducing the original painting in oils, available as a limited edition of 500 copies, individually numbered. Dimensions (including two-inch border) approx. 17 x 20 in. (43 x 51 cm.).


Price excluding delivery


£44.00

 

 

 









A Kennel at Ease


A delightful and powerful portrayal of the Duke and Duchess of Newcastle’s Clumber spaniels in their kennels at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. Dated 1880, it is probably the first of the several studies of this famous kennel undertaken by John Emms during visits to the breed’s ancestral home, and it is believed to be the single work depicting Clumbers he exhibited at the Royal Academy, in 1882.


The print, a limited edition of 355 copies, is not available from stock, the full edition having been sold. Owners are invited to sell copies, if in good condition and probably framed, back to the publisher – please enquire individually. Equally, prospective purchasers may register their interest.



Clumber Spaniels at Clumber Park


This picture, also by John Emms and dating from the early 1880s, shows five dogs hunting as a team, typically the manner in which the breed was worked on the major estates to which the breed had been confined for the previous 100 years.


The print, a limited edition of 355 copies, is not available from stock, the full edition having been sold. Owners are invited to sell copies, if in good condition and probably framed, back to the publisher – please enquire individually. Equally, prospective purchasers may register their interest.

 

 



 

 

 

 





Clumber Spaniels and Pheasants


This print was the first to be published by Venaticus Collection, in 1980. It is a rare and most attractive study in oils, undertaken by Tom Heywood in 1904, depicting working examples of the breed when the breed was in its heyday and dominating the earliest field trials.


The limited edition of 300 copies was fully sold. Owners are invited to sell copies, if in good condition and probably framed, back to the publisher – please enquire individually. Equally, prospective purchasers may register their interest.

 

 


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