25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*WILLIAM OSBORNE, R.H.A. (1823-1909) VICTORIA inscribed 3rd DG on sword knot, inscribed
(reverse of canvas) Victoria born at Montreal Canada about Nov 1847. The property of Arundell Neave esq. of the 3rd Dragoon Guards. Painted in Dublin 1854 by Osborne. Went to Scularian 1855. Accidentally killed in Pera, Constantinople, April 13 1856. oil on canvas 49.5 cm by 59.5 cm; 19 1/2 in by 23 1/2 in framed This tender and poignant dog portrait is a fine testament to Osborne's position as one of the foremost animal painters of mid-nineteenth century British art. Clearly a beloved pet, Victoria belonged to Arundell Neave Esq., later Sir Arundell Neave, the fourth Baronet, and the later addition of the story of her life and death show the regard in which her owner held her. The 3rd Dragoon Guards were stationed in Ireland throughout the Crimean War, but it is possible that Victoria changed hands and accompanied another regiment to Constantinople.