Oil on board of a racing pigeon, Master McGrath, signed J Browne 1925, painted in shades of grey and cream.
Canvas board, with a modern dark frame
Sight: 15.25 x 11.5 39cm x 29cm
Frame: 18.75” x 14.5" 48cm x37cm
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.