Samuel Spode was born on 21 April 1798 the son of Samuel Spode and Sarah Garner. His grandfather was Josiah Spode I, the founder of Spode pottery. He initially trained as a lawyer and married Mary Crewe in 1821 and they left England to live in Tasmania under a government incentive for settlers. They returned to England in 1826 and lived for a time with his sister at Heron Cross in the Staffordshire Potteries. He began to establish himself as an artist painting hunting and sporting scenes for wealthy landowners.
Around 1857, he travelled to Ireland to paint famous prizewinning racehorses and began to receive many commissions from notable patrons. He seems to have travelled around Ireland to paint, placing adverts in local papers but came back to London during the early 1870’s. He returned to Ireland where he died in Dublin in 1872. Examples of his works can be found at the Bradford on Avon Museum, Fred Packard Museum and the Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum.
The painting is housed in a period gilt frame which is in excellent condition.
|Image Size||23 inches x 28.75 inches (58.5cm x 73cm)|
|Framed Size||30.75 inches x 36.5 inches (78cm x 93cm)|