J.A. Mitchell (British, active 1826-1832)
Bay Horse in a Landscape with a Castle in the Distance
Oil on canvas, signed lower right and retaining a paper label on reverse of stretcher from: “Findlay, Carver & Gilder, Glasgow”.
Painting size: 24” x 30”
Frame size: 32” x 37.25”
A painter of equestrian subjects, including hunting and steeplechasing scenes, Mitchell lived in Leamington, Warwickshire and most of his hunt scenes depict incidents in this county. He is also recorded as living in London in 1832 when he exhibited a painting at the Royal Academy. Mitchell exhibited one portrait at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 1835. Additionally, Mitchell painted two horse and rider portraits that were engraved by the Hunts. Both engravings were later included in Moore’s "Celebrated Winners" series, hand colored engravings that commemorated many famous horses. Two prints made of Mitchell’s paintings were part of the Paul Mellon collection and are illustrated in Dudley Snelgrove’s "British Sporting and Animal Prints 1658-1874 in the Paul Mellon Collection" (1978)
Mitchell, Sally, "The Dictionary of Equestrian Artists"
Wingfield, Mary Anne, "A Dictionary of Sporting Artists, 1650-1990"