J Browne oil portrait of a racing pigeon
J Browne oil portrait of a racing pigeon
J Browne oil portrait of a racing pigeon

J Browne: Portrait of 'Blue Hen' Racing Pigeon

 

A very clean oil on board portrait of a racing pigeon by J Browne.

In shades of blue and pink.

 

Inscribed Blue Hen, Bred & raced by SW Garwood

Flown August 14 1926 Claypole AA Won 1st County of Middx, 2nd Edmonton DHS

 

Previously under glass, hence the freshness of the colours.  

 

Sight:    14.5” x 11.5”   36cm x 29cm

Frame:   18” x 15”   46cm x 38cm

 

In a dark modern frame

 

 

£ 1050

 

Ref 410

 

 For more information on J Browne check out my article here

 

J Browne is a noted painter of racing pigeons of this period, and these portraits are typical of his output.  The pigeons stand against a plain background, relying on their intelligent profile and iridescent neck and chest feathers to make an impact. 

 

Pigeon racing in the British Isles was a very popular pastime in the early 20th century, with demand for trophies at its highest in the 1920's, when several artists were working in the field. 

 

Notable among them were E H Windred in London, Andrew Beer in Bristol and South Wales and J Brown/e in Northumberland and Cumberland, although there were several others.  

 

J Browne oil portrait of a racing pigeon