Shooting in the Four Season of the Year: Autumn- Pheasant Shooting (Primary Title)

Dean Wolstenholme the younger, English, 1798 - 1882 (Artist)

ca. 1850
oil on panel
Framed: 13 3/4 × 18 1/2 in. (34.93 × 46.99 cm)
Unframed: 10 1/2 × 14 15/16 in. (26.67 × 37.94 cm)
Wolstenholme’s four paintings show the wide range of hunting activity enjoyed by the British country gentry. In the Spring and Summer scenes, hunting is depicted as a social affair, with tents erected for the participants to enjoy a picnic lunch and leisurely conversation. The Autumn and Winter scenes follow the traditional hunting model of shooting, showing only hunters and their dogs. Sets of paintings of the four seasons were a major subject category in European art beginning in the Renaissance.
Signed, "D. Wolstenholme" in lower right corner
Paul Mellon Collection
2018: "Country Life: Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection of MVFA", Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, September 4 - December 2, 2018

2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019
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