John Arnold Alfred Wheeler, Piggy

Photo courtesy of Dave Penman (All rights reserved)


Country House
Doddington Hall
Ground Floor, Bottom Of Stairs & Lower Staircase To First Floor
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Overall height: 69 cm, Overall width: 89 cm
John Arnold Alfred Wheeler (1821-1903)
Catalogue Number


Piggy, a bay horse, was apparently the favourite hunter of George Eden Jarvis (DN74). The artist, John Wheeler (1821–1903), specialised in equestrian portraits and dogs. Wheeler was born in Gloucestershire, the son of a stone-cutter. Following his discharge from the Queen’s Dragoon Guards in 1847, Wheeler, who was apparently self-taught, took up sporting painting. Based in Bath and then in London, he gained patronage from prominent members of the aristocracy, including the Dukes of Beaufort, Portland, Westminster and Rutland, as well as the Earls of Roseberry and Caithness. For a comparative painting of a horse in a stall by Wheeler see Christie’s Sporting and Wildlife sale, 27 June 2011 (74).

by Martin Postle

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