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A Prize Bull in a Landscape, by Richard Whitford (1854-1887).

Oil on canvas, 62.2cm by 75.6cm.

Signed l.r.: R.C. Whitford 1878.

The artist became an animal portraitist in his late twenties, specialising in painting prize cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and dogs.

His animal paintings were highly sought after and a number of them in Queen Victoria’s collection were inscribed ‘Animal Painter to the Queen’.

This painting would, almost certainly, have been commissioned by William Alleyne, 3rd Marquess of Exeter (1825-1895), who bred a prize-winning herd of dairy shorthorn cattle on the Home Farm at Burghley.


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