Racing Pigeon oil on canvas. British Naive Folk Art School early 20th century.
A charming oil on canvas of a racing pigeon standing on a wall, commemorating its win of the Ist St Whitakers Race, in Gernsey 1910, along with its owner, Sam Blount. Signed and dated lower left Hugh Ross 1911.
Framed in a period moulded rosewood veneered frame with gilt slip.
Sight: 11" x 13" (28cm x 33cm)
Frame: 15" x 17" ( 38cm x 43cm)
Pigeon racing in the British Isles was a very popular pastime in the early 20th century. Paintings like this were given as prizes to owners of racing birds right up to the Second World War. The mis-spelling of Gernsey can perhaps be put down to a 'typo' or maybe the spelling Guernsey and Gernsey were interchangeable at this date.