A large early 20th century oil on canvas of a shire horse in his stable. The painting is inscribed 'Blagdon Milkmaid' and is signed lower left F Thurlby 1911.
A lovely example of rural folk art where such horses would be seen on a daily basis.
Mounted in a fruit wood frame with gold slip.
Sight: 23" x 17" ( 59cm x 44cm)
Frame: 29.5" x 23.5" (75cm x 60cm)
Frederick Thurlby (Fred) 1865-1946
Was born at Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire in 1865, the son of Joseph Thurlby (1829-1889), a groom and his wife nee Welborn (1823-1912).
His father was a groom at Belvoir stables at Grantham, Lincolnshire and in 1889 Fred is also recorded as being a groom at the same stables.
By 1901 Fred was 'a grazier' living at Woolsthorpe Street, Grantham and by 1911 he was described as an animal painter.
He lived until 81 years of age and never married. He was an itinerant painter of prize livestock in and around Lincoln and Grantham and there is a painting of a stallion in the Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Museum.