A. F. Tait (1819 – 1905)
American Wildlife Artist
Godel & Co. has long championed the work of Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait. Hard-working and prolific, the British-born Tait was mid-nineteenth-century America’s most popular painter of sporting scenes and animal subjects. His popularity continues today, and we are pleased to present this online exhibition of works currently available for sale.
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Upon his arrival in the United States, Tait found that William Ranney (1813-1857) had created a market for the animal and sporting subject matter that Tait loved to paint. In Ranney Tait also found a willing mentor, who likely allowed Tait access to his paintings and collection of frontier props. One Ranney painting, On the Wing, 1850 (private collection), served as the inspiration for a series of important early Tait paintings, including Duck Shooting Over Decoys of 1854.
In 1850 Tait moved to New York City and established a camp in the Adirondacks, where he spent his summers. The Adirondacks proved to be an unending inspiration for him, and Tait soon became known for his paintings, watercolors, and sketches of hunting scenes and animals in their natural habitat. Tait’s deer themes set in the mountainous landscapes of the Adirondacks became especially popular and even gained him worldwide recognition.
An avid sportsman and lover of the outdoors, Tait was fond of observing and sketching animals in their natural habitat. He was an enthusiastic huntsman and often painted scenes of hunters in a variety of settings, frequently shown with their faithful canine companions. A favorite hunting motif throughout his career was scenes of prairie or woodland interiors with a pair of pointers or setters alerted to wild foul such as grouse, quail or woodcock. Tait gave many of these scenes titles such as A Close Point, Ruffed Grouse Shooting, and Steady, Woodcock Shooting, which indicate to the viewer that even though the hunter is not depicted, he is not far away.
Delightful paintings of wild fowl chicks, such as grouse and quail, were a favorite motif throughout Tait’s career, and were a reliable source of income for him.
Please contact the gallery to make an appointment to view these works by A. F. Tait.
We are always interested in purchasing works by this artist.
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