Arthur Wardle England

4-10-1860 London, ENG – 7-16-1949 London, ENG

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Wardle, Arthur

Born in London, aged just sixteen Arthur Wardle had a painting displayed at the Royal Academy. His first exhibit was a study of cattle by the River Thames, leading to a lifelong interest in painting animals. In 1880 Wardle lived in Camden, but artistic success enabled him to move to the more upmarket St John's Wood by 1892.

Arthur Wardle was prolific; until 1936 he exhibited more than 100 works at the Royal Academy, as well as the Society of British Artists at Suffolk Street. He painted a variety of animal subjects with equal skill but his work may be divided into two categories, domestic and exotic; animals from overseas including leopards, polar bears and tigers such as The Deer-Stealer (1915) were painted from sketches that he made at the London Zoo.

Arthur Wardle is considered equally proficient in oils, watercolors and pastels and was elected to the Pastel Society in 1911 and became a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colors in 1922. In 1931 he held his first one-man exhibition at the Fine Art Society and in 1935 the Vicar’s Gallery put on an exhibition of his work. He also exhibited in Paris. By 1936 Wardle had moved to West London.

His career was highly successful and his works continue to be sought after and widely reproduced on postcards, calendars and boxes of chocolates. He remains one of the widely known dog painters of the 19th and 20th centuries, and he is particularly known for his paintings of terriers. Wardle painted what is probably the best known painting of the fox terrier in its modern form, The Totteridge XI 1897. The painting was commissioned by famed smooth fox terrier breeder Francis Redmond; Arthur Wardle painted a number of Redmond’s dogs.

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