An interesting piece of antique folk art depicting a black and white greyhound. It's particularly unusual for two reasons - firstly, it has text painted under the figure and secondly, it's been created on a thick oak panel, which has some age to it.
The reasons for this are unknown but perhaps it could be a small version of a pub sign used to illustrate someone's craft. Maybe they took it with them when speaking to willing publicans? Although, that said, it has a handmade loop to hang it up, so it could simply be a decorative piece for a pub wall.
Or perhaps someone just liked greyhounds...
A real mystery and very difficult to date. Signed on the back by burning into the wood.
|Medium||Oil on panel|
|Size||13⅔” x 11½” / 35cm x 29.5cm|
|Year of creation||c. 1800 - c. 1920|
|Condition||Some craquelure but overall good. As found.|