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Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) Grouse Shooting

Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928) Grouse Shooting

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Arthur Burdett Frost (1851-1928)
Grouse Shooting, c. 1895
signed "A. B. Frost." lower left

watercolor and gouache, 17 1/4 by 25 3/4 in.

A. B. Frost was born in Philadelphia in 1851, and spent his most prolific years in New Jersey. Considered one of the great illustrators of the "Golden Age of American Illustration," he illustrated more than ninety books and produced thousands of illustrations for "Harper's Weekly," "Scribner's," and "Life" magazines. Frost was an ardent sportsman who spent his summers and autumns fishing, rowing, and hunting ducks and snipe. He completed hundreds of watercolors and oils of the New Jersey seaside and is best known for his hunting and shooting prints, which capture the drama of sport in realistic, detailed settings. Frost lived at his estate, Moneysunk, in Convent Station, New Jersey.

Of this painting, Reed writes, "Our grouse shooting scene is particularly noteworthy. The setting is deep in a forest interior, the ground totally covered with new fallen leaves, boulders and a few dead limbs protruding from the forest floor. The hunter, in the midst of a stand of beeches and hardwood trees, is taking aim at a grouse. His weight is forward on his left foot, his slouch hat, wrinkled canvas jacket, and leather boots are meticulous, down to the metal buckle. The English setter is sublime, still holding his three-legged point, tail straight and extended - a masterful drawing, all done in tones of black, white and sepia."

Reed continues, "A sportsman himself, Frost was able to vividly portray the feelings and experience of hunting in his imagery. The appeal of Frost’s shooting pictures lies in the fact that the viewer can relate to the subject and the situation depicted." For this work, since the family had an English setter, Reed was particularly taken with the authenticity of the dog’s pose.

Provenance: Henry M. Reed Collection, acquired from Montagu Hankin, Summit, New Jersey, c. 1963

Private Collection, New Jersey, by descent in the family

Literature: Henry M. Reed, "The A. B. Frost Book," Charleston, SC, 1993, pp. 83-85, illustrated.

Peggy Robbins, "The Sportsman's Artist," "South Carolina Wildlife," January/February 1978, p. 10-11, illustrated.


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$ 29000.00 ( Sold Price )



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