Victorian Painting of Spaniel Dog with Pheasant by J. Langlois - image 1 of 7

Although a very prolific painter of dogs, which he often painted in pairs, there is little really known about J. Langlois except that he was working from the 1860s to the end of the 19th century. Most art reference books report that he was probably from France. In my experience, I have heard him referred to as the “Isle of Wight painter,” which may explain the beach backgrounds in many of his paintings. That he was influenced by the work of his contemporaries George and Edward Armfield is very clear.

Mary Ann Wingfield, author of “A Dictionary of Sporting Artists: 1650-1990,” writes that Langlois almost exclusively painted terriers, and over the years I have had numerous works by him; mostly terriers chasing rabbits on the beach, terriers keenly at watch near rabbit holes, and terriers staring serenely out to sea. He usually signed but did not date his paintings. My trusty 2003 edition of “Davenport’s Art Reference and Price Guide” reports that a work attributed to Langlois sold at auction for nearly $10,000.

Langlois typically painted terriers in pairs, but sometimes spaniels. His use of grays, soft greens, cream and browns is prevalent throughout the painting. His broad brush strokes define the dog’s fur, while complementing and being an integral part of the landscape. His foreground is his traditional flora that mimics the dunes landscape that he was so fond of painting. It is signed, J. Langlois, on the lower left.

The artist’s soft color palette, harmonizing colors and exceptional ability to portray dogs as they do what they were bred for has culminated in a very beautiful and romantic Victorian painting.

It is housed in its original Victorian wood and gesso slip, accompanied by a burr walnut modern frame with rounded and gilded edges.

The condition is excellent. I have had the painting cleaned by a professional restorer and it is in ready-to-hang condition.

It measures 16-½ inches wide by 14-½ inches high, including the frame.

This painting is the matched pair to another one of two terriers by Langlois that I am offering for sale.


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Victorian Painting of Spaniel Dog with Pheasant by J. Langlois


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