19th Century Oil Painting Bay Hunter Horse Partisan By James Barenger - image 1 of 16

1 Fine Antique English 19th Century Oil Painting Portrait Of Bay Hunter Horse 'Partisan' By Known Artist James Barenger.
Subject Equine race horse portrait of a bay hunter horse Partisan, facing left outside in open green field landscape with trees in the background.
Name of the horse is also inscribed verso "Partisan" & inscribed dated 1827 verso along with artist biography.
Oil on canvas.
This painting is signed by the English known accomplished artist James Barenger.
This is a fine example of his work.
Partisan was a moderately good race horse who established a long-lasting sire line in Europe and England. He got several sons who exceeded his accomplishments on the turf, and three sons who sent the Highflyer sire line forward. Of the good daughters and producers that sprang from his sons, two, Queen Mary and Queen Bertha, had a significant influence on the breed.Partisan and his offspring ran during the nadir of English racing, when the sport was operating with Jockey Club rules.
Partisan in the Stud Although he never led the sire's list, Partisan proved to be a highly influential sire. He got four classic winners -- 1821 1,000 Guineas winner Zeal, 1827 Derby winner Mameluke, 2,000 Guineas winner Patron, and Oaks winner Cyprian -- and three exceptionally successful sire sons, Gladiator, Glaucus, and Venison. He got a good many daughters who bred on, but only a few were immediately successful dams of classic winners.
Partisan on the Turf Partisan's first season on the turf, at age 3, was moderately promising. He was nominated for the Derby, but did not run, his trainer, Robert Robson, electing not to run him in the classic because he was unable to get him into condition, due to a long, hard winter. He ran seven times that year, winning three 200 guineas matches at Newmarket over the course of the season, first against another Walton son, the undistinguished Pinions, next against the better Magician, by Sorcerer, and a third match against an Orville filly. In a match against the Selim colt Little Turk, he received a forfeit. Early in the season he ran unplaced in a three-year-old sweep, won by Bourbon, and in July ran unplaced in the Newmarket Town Plate. By October, he was beginning to show his form, winning a sweep at Newmarket, beating the older Curlew, and the good race filly Medora, who had won the Oaks that year. Ref source tbheritage Partisan.
James Barenger (1780–1831) was an English animal painter and illustrator.Barenger was born in Kentish Town, London, the son of James Barenger Snr., a metal chaser and artist who exhibited paintings of insects at the Society of Artists and Royal Academy, and Sarah Woollett, the daughter of the engraver, William Woollett. His brother Samuel Barenger (christened Major Samuel Barenger) also became an engraver.
Beginning as a landscape artist, Barenger went on to specialise in painting horses, dogs and other animals, and hunting scenes. In 1807, at the age of 28, he exhibited at the Royal Academy for the first time. At this stage, he was living with his father in Kentish Town, but later moved to Camden Town. He went on to exhibit 48 paintings at the Royal Academy and eight at the British Institution.
He acquired numerous wealthy and aristocratic patrons, and his pictures were also engraved for sporting publications such as W. H. Scott's British Field Sports, The Sporting Repository, The Annals of Sporting and The Sporting Magazine. For the last of these, Scott engraved Barenger's painting of the racehorse Blucher (ca. 1814).
As well as painting, Barenger also bred pointer dogs. He died on 1 October 1831 and was buried in Old St Pancras churchyard. References Jump up to: a b c d Sir Walter Gilbey, F. Babbage, Animal painters of England from the year 1650, Volume 1 - Alken to Gooch (London: Vinton & Co., 1900) pp. 34–39. "Samuel Barenger (Biographical details)". British Museum. Retrieved 6 June 2014. William Henry Scott. British field sports (London: Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 2nd ed., 1820). The Sporting Repository (1822 - reprinted by London: Kegan, Paul, Trench, Trübner, 1904). The Sporting Magazine, October 1816, p. "Obituary". The New Sporting Magazine. 2: 145. December 1831.
James Barenger's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging up to 37,176 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2003 the record price for this artist at auction is 37,176 USD for Snipe shooting in a winter landscape, sold at Christie's London in 2005. Ref sources Tate, 1stdibs, Christies.
Provenance from Wilkinson's Auctioneers Ltd lot 584 in the furniture and arts sale on 8th October 2022 label verso.
Having such magnificent controlled brush work. Such a delightful equestrian horse animal lovers scene.
Set in such an attractive gilt wood original frame. We only select & sell paintings based upon subject, quality & significance.
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A superb equine collectors investment item. With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
Condition report offered in fine used condition. Having foxing stains, minor paint loss, dust, craquelure & some paint touch ups to the canvas surface in places.Canvas has been relined. With general wear, dust, scuffs, some chips set in a later gilt frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of frame

High (78cm)
Length depth thickness (4.5cm)
Wide (90cm)

Canvas, Oil Paint
England • English
19th Century

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19th Century Oil Painting Bay Hunter Horse Partisan By James Barenger

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