‘Poppy’ and 'The Colonel' Prize Racing Pigeons, oil on board, dated 1924
J Brown/e 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.
Framed with gold slip. Both paintings are the same size.
Sight: 11" x 17.5" (28cm x 44cm)
Frame: 14.75" x 21.25" ( 37cm x 54cm)