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Deer stealers pursued by sleuth hounds
1875

Medium
oil on canvas
Measurements
99.0 × 135.5 cm
Inscription
inscribed in brown paint l.l.: Briton Riviere. 1875
Accession Number
p.305.7-1
Department
International Painting
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1876
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Gallery location
19th Century European Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
Provenance

Collection of John Hargreaves, London, 1876; from whom purchased by Agnew's (dealer), London, 14 June 1876 (no. 9997); from where purchased, for the NGV, 29 June 1876.



Rivière was a child prodigy who at the age of eleven exhibited two pictures at the British Institution and he began showing at the Royal Academy when he was only eighteen. He was a noted animalier who spent hours at the London Zoo studying and drawing animals. This work was inspired by the unfair gaming laws that prohibited the populace from hunting for food on crown land in medieval times. Although the focus of the picture is the wounded hound, there is a sense of the desperation of the thieves. The inequity of such laws inspired the folkloric hero Robin Hood.

Colourmen

Colourman
ROBERSON
Location
Upper right quadrant of reverse of canvas
Transcription
PREPARED BY/CHARLES ROBERSON/99, LONG ACRE/LONDON
Medium
Ink stamp
More information
National Portrait Gallery

Frame

Briton RIVIÉRE
Deer stealers pursued by sleuth hounds 1875
Framemaker
Unknown - 19th century
Materials

timber, gesso, gold leaf

About

Presented here only in the slip.
Artists would sometimes use a slip like this to protect the edges of the painting at the time of sale – leaving the opportunity for the owner to continue the framing by commissioning the decorative, main body of the frame. In this case it is more likely the frame has been lost.