ANSDELL, After Richard (1815-1885)
Black Game [From the original Picture in the possession of J.B. Neilson Esqre. Liverpool]
London: Owen Bailey, 1 March 1852. Engraving, coloured by hand, by W.J. Davey (lower margin shaved with loss to title). Image size (including text): 11 7/8 x 22 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 15 5/8 x 25 1/2 inches.
A fine image of shooting on the moors: a keeper calls back a pointer and a retreiver who are approaching a wounded Blackcock.
One from a series of six prints after Ansdell, all dealing with the shooting of various types of game, and all from original pictures owned by J.B. Neilson. Richard Ansdell was born in Liverpool "He was educated at the Bluecoat school, Liverpool, and, although attracted by art in youth, did not devote himself to it with a view to making it his profession till he was twenty-one. While in Liverpool he studied animal life in the country-side. His first appearance in London was in 1840, when two of his pictures, Grouse Shooting and Galloway Farm, were exhibited at the Royal Academy. There followed in 1842 an important historical picture, The Death of Sir William Lambton... His paintings from this time forward were very numerous. His success made it possible for him to travel, and between 1857 and 1860 his subjects were found in Spain. His earlier paintings show traces of Landseer's influence, and there are works of that period produced by Ansdell and Creswick together, the latter supplying the landscape, in which he excelled. His other collaborators were Mr. W. P. Frith, with whom he painted The Keeper's Daughter, and John Phillip, who helped with the Spanish pictures.
Ansdell was honoured no less than three times with the Heywood medal, a gift awarded to the best pictures shown at the exhibitions in Manchester. In 1855 he received a gold medal at the Great Exhibition in Paris, the pictures which won it being The Wolf Slayer and Taming the Drove. He was elected A.R.A. in 1861, and R.A. in 1870. He exhibited in London galleries, mostly at the Royal Academy, as many as 181 works." ( DNB ).
Mellon British Sporting and Animal Prints p.42.