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Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928) Covey of Quail

Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928) Covey of Quail

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Edmund H. Osthaus (1858-1928)
Covey of Quail
signed "Edmund Osthaus" lower left
oil on canvas, 24 by 36 in.
Toledo historian and author Jack Paquette writes, "As Edmund [Osthaus] became more prosperous, his lifestyle evolved into one that permitted him to enjoy all of his favorite pursuits simultaneously. Like a migrating waterfowl winging its way south for the winter, Edmund followed the field trials from Canada to Florida, judging dogs in some of the trials or merely painting his favorites in others, all the while hunting the local birds over his own dogs. At the conclusion of these journeys, he would spend time at his lodge in Marianna, Florida, hunting quail and, as always, painting dogs." Indeed, Osthaus died in January 1928 at his quail hunting property in Jackson County, Florida.

Among Osthaus’ body of work, quail appear primarily as the quarry for his pointers. This rare depiction of a brood of quail recalls A. F. Tait’s famous “The Cares of a Family" and is the result of a lifetime spent in the field. In it, the lively birds feed, peck, and interact with one another in a painterly depiction of their natural habitat that Osthaus knew well.

This painting comes from the collection of John E. Veneklasen, a 1938 graduate of the University of Michigan from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was a partner in the brokerage firm, W. C. Roney & Co., that had a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. According to his family, “He had many English setter hunting dogs over the years, hunting dogs who were also family pets. He hunted quail, woodcock, and ducks; he also was an avid fly fisherman." Veneklasen competed in field trials and shared a cabin on the Little Manistee River in northern Michigan with family. He also enjoyed many trips to Alaska and Lake Superior as well as to other places around the world. He instilled a deep appreciation of nature in his children and grandchildren. "This painting hung over the living room fireplace mantel for many years, and was beloved by our family," his daughter recalls.

Provenance: John E. Veneklasen Collection, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Private Collection, by descent in the family

Literature: Jack K. Paquette, "Painting was his life’s work, but dogs were his passion" in "Small Town Girl," Toledo, OH, 2013, pp. 123-129.

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