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Title Wooded Landscape with Dogs and Dead Game
Collection Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
Artist Attributed to manner of Troyon, Constant (French painter, 1810-1865)
Previously attributed to Troyon, Constant (French painter, 1810-1865)
Date Earliest probably about 1850
Date Latest probably about 1860
Signed yes
Description The subject of this sketchy painting is consistent with Constant Troyon's usual subjects, but does not appear to have the quality shown by his other works. It may therefore be by an artist who was inspired by his work and this may explain the initials signing the painting. This painting may be a study, a preparatory sketch for a larger work, or the work of a student inspired by Troyon. The inscription on the back of the canvas is however puzzling and because of this the attribution to Troyon may not be entirely ruled out.
Current Accession Number B.M.750
Former Accession Number No. 631
Inscription front ll 'C.T.'
Subject landscape; animal (dogs, game)
Measurements 15.9 x 21.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by the founders John and Joséphine Bowes 1885.
Notes This was no. 631 in the 1877 MSS List (as by Troyon). It is also listed in the 1934 catalogue as by Troyon. The back of the canvas is inscribed in ink 'Troyon' Troyon painted hunting dogs several times; see for instance Garde-chasse arrêté près de ses chiens (1854, Musée d'Orsay), RF 1897, or Garde-chasse conduisant ses chiens dans la forêt (1854-1856, Musée d'Orsay), RF 1898. There are also reproductions of some of Troyon's dog pictures in Genfel, W., Corot und Troyon, Bielefeld und Leipzig, 1906, pp. 95-98, which confirm that the type of hunting dog depicted in the Bowes painting correspond to the type of dogs usually painted by Troyon. The approximate dates given are based on Troyon's dog representations, which he executed in the 1850s. The catalogue entitled Peintures, Pastels, Aquarelles, Dessins de Constant Troyon relevés dans les catalogues de ventes de 1833 à 1900, by Louis Soullié, Paris, 1900, does not include any painting or study by Troyon which would correspond to B.M.750. This would therefore possibly confirm the theory that the Bowes painting is not by Troyon but by an imitator of Troyon.
Rights Owner The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham
Author Dr Maylis Hopewell-Curie



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