This quaint oil on canvas painting of horses is from 1885, by the Scottish painter Sam Fulton. The artwork is signed and dated in the lower left corner.
A tranquil offering, the painting depicts a “horse groom” relaxing in front of a building while holding the reins of a brown saddled horse. The stable hand is sitting in a chair with one foot resting on a barrel. A white dog with brown ears, possibly a spaniel, lays on the ground at the man’s feet. Behind the saddled horse, a white horse wearing a bridle bends down to consume hay on the ground. A field of tall greenery is seen in the background, with tall trees looming farther back. The beige building with red trim roof and brown shingles has a distressed brick wall next to one of the two doors.
The frame, which is marked from Sweden on the back, has a gilded leaf motif surrounded by white painted wood. A solid strip of gilded wood follows this before the natural wood molding that comprises the edge of the frame. The color of the multicolored frame ties in nicely with the muted tones of the painting.
Sam Fulton was born in 1855 in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of a baker. Fulton initially worked for his father’s business as a journeyman, but at the age of 24, decided to take up painting. Fulton would spend time with the second wave of “Glasgow Boys”, Art Nouveau painters who preferred realistic and natural art. Fulton’s specialty was painting dogs, and one of his paintings, Collie, sold for almost $17,000 in 2006.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with visible craquelure. There is a slight outward bend to the canvas beneath the white horse. Wired for hanging.