Alfred William Strutt
Oil on canvas, signed
Alfred William Strutt was born in Tanaraki, New Zealand, the son of the English artist William Strutt (1825-1915). His grandfather was the miniaturist William Thomas Strutt (1777-1850) and his great-grandfather was Joseph Strutt (1742-1802) a social historian and artist. His father had moved to Australia in 1850 and then to New Zealand in 1855, where he recorded the early days of the British colony. Alfred and his family returned to England in 1862.
He studied at the South Kensington School of Art, but also received tuition from his father. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1877 and was elected in 1889. Like his father, he specialised in genre scenes, often including animals as well as sporting scenes. Strutt’s paintings are well executed and full of humour.
A photograph of him by Disdéri (c1880) is held by the National Portrait Gallery. Examples of his work can be found at the Grundy Art Gallery, Hastings Museum, Nuneaton Museum and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
The painting is housed in its original period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.