Painted in typical Browne typical, In profile against a blue sky and very low horizon.
Red Cock NURP 2372032
Bred & Raced By C.W.Parker
Signed bottom right J Browne 1926
Oil on board, in contemporary frame.
Frame. 21” 53cm 14.5”. 37cm
Sight. 17.5” 44cm 11”. 44cm
J Browne is a noted painter of racing pigeons of this period, and this portrait is 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.