Valentine Thomas Garland
Best of Friends
Oil on board, signed & dated 87
Thomas Valentine Garland was born in Basingstoke in 1846 the son of the artist William Garland (1817-1882). The family later moved to Winchester and then to nearby Weeke. It is highly likely he was encouraged and taught by his father as their styles and subject matter share similarities. Early on he adopted his middle name to sign his work.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1868 and 1914, as well as at the Suffolk Street Galleries and at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. By 1891, he had established himself as an artist, officially using his adopted name and also started teaching art. He married later in life, remaining in Weeke with his wife. He died on 29 October 1914 in Winchester.
Garland is best known for his animal paintings, particularly his appealing portraits of dogs such as this fine example. A number of his works are held in public collections including the Usher Gallery and the Hampshire Cultural Trust Headquarters in Winchester.
The painting is housed in a new, English made gilt frame which is in excellent condition.