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
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.