James Albert Clark
Cob Horse New Fashion
Oil on canvas, signed
Provenance: Richard Green
James Albert Clark was an animal painter who was born in Shoreditch on 17 February 1863. He was part of the Clark family of artists and was the son of the artist James Clark and his second wife Frances Parsons. His half-brothers, Samuel James, Albert, Charles Lawrence and Octavius Thomas Clark were also artists.
He was tutored by his father and when the family moved to 67 Riversdale Road, Islington in 1879, they started working together as James Clark and Son to produce paintings of prize-winning animals and horses. They often signed their collaborative works as James Clark and Son with the address written underneath. After his father’s death in 1884, James continued to paint animal portraits including racehorses such as this fine example. He also worked as a picture restorer for James Lawrence Castiglione, a fine art auctioneer and picture dealer.
Clark later lived in Landseer Road, Holloway before moving to Islington where he used to visit the local agricultural hall to paint the livestock on show. He died in 1955. Examples of his work can be found at the Museum of English Rural Life.
The work is housed in a new, English made gilt frame, which is in excellent condition. The frame contains its original slip which bears New Fashion’s pedigree and achievements from 1898 to 1901.