Andrew Beer, portrait of the racing pigeon “Seldom Led”, oil on board, signed Andrew Beer, bottom left.
William Andrew Beer (1862-1954) was an English artist, and is well known for painting racing pigeons, in oils on canvas and board, under the working name of Andrew Beer. A racing pigeon enthusiast himself, he was also a judge at competitive pigeon shows.
This painting is of his later output, 1946 being the date mentioned on the lengthy inscription at the bottom of the painting. It is thought that many of such racing pigeon portraits were commissioned by clubs and given as a prize to the winning owner.
This painting is typical of his style, in which he typically painted pigeons at near life-size, singly or in small groups, in profile view, standing on a ledge against usually a rocky background. He often included text, noting the pigeons' names and achievements. Beer had a studio in Eastville, Bristol, to which the pigeons he was to paint were sometimes sent by train, arriving at the nearby Stapleton Road Station.
His works are in the collections of Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Pontypridd Museum and the Radstock, Midsomer Norton & District Museum Society.
British Folk Art School mid 20th century.
Framed in a moulded maple veneered frame with gilt slip.
Sight: 15¼ " x 11½” " (39cm x 29cm)
Frame: 19¼ " x 15¼” ( 49cm x 39cm)