RESERVED - E R Hood, Portrait Of A Bay Racehorse

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A dark, worn, atmospheric 19th-century portrait of a bay racehorse by the name of ‘April Fool’. Every now and then, you discover a painting that is so ravaged by time that it actually improves the aesthetic - this is one of those rare occasions.

A combination of flaking paint, areas of visible canvas and heavily faded colours give the painting an enchanting look that captivates the imagination.

Signed ‘ER Hood’ in the lower right and housed in what appears to be its original frame.

Oil on canvas
Size including frame
23½” x 19½” / 59.5cm x 49.5cm x 2cm
Year of creation
Flaking paint, craquelure, areas of paint loss, years of dirt, but no holes or tears.