Over The Jump
|Title||Over The Jump|
|Paper Size (W x H)||28 x 21 ins|
Elsley was a keen photographer and took a series of three photographs of the pony. He showed sepia photographs of his work to potential publishers- Charles Faulkner, who purchased the copyright, was well known for suggesting changes to the paintings he published.
A photograph of this work prior to completion differs in a few details. The waving handkerchief of the girl on the left was changed. The small dog, Scamp was originally sitting but is now standing; and the girl on the right is holding her hand outstretched but in the completed version, she is holding the dog’s leash.
This painting was auctioned at Christie’s on 19th December 1924, and was brought by Mitchell for 50 Guineas.
The print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.
About the Artist
Arthur John Elsley was a fine example of this phenomenon of Victorian animal art. He was born on the 20th November 1860 in London, the son of John Elsley, a coachman, and one of a family of six. His father was an amateur artist who had exhibited an oil painting entitled “A Group of Horses” at the British Institution Exhibition in 1845.Find out more