19th century naive folk art school.  Guernsey racing pigeon
19th century naive folk art school.  Guernsey racing pigeon

Naive portrait of a racing pigeon

 

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)

 

SOLD

Ref: 102

 

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.