Gouache of the English Setter Champion Crossfell by Reuben Ward Binks (1880 - 1950)
Gouache of Mr C Atkinson's English Setter Champion Crossfell by Reuben Ward Binks (1880 - 1950)
Mr C Atkinson's Ch. Crossfell was a Belton Blue registered KCSB 782BB, born 6.6.1920 and the winner of 16 Champion Certificates.
Champion Crossfell was a very famous and well documented English Setter (see picture above)
Photo., Bernard Castle Metcalfe,
'Setters Irish English and Gordon' by Mrs M Ingle Belper
In all the annals of the breed there have been few dogs, if any to surpass Mr Atkinson's Ch. Crossfell
The English Setter Handbook' by Clifford Hubbard
It would be difficult indeed to even guess at the best English Setter of all times . Mr C Atkinson's 'Crossfell'
'Hutchinson's Popular & Illustrated Dog Encyclopaedia'
Among the Setters of recent years that have their stamp on the breed must be mentioned Mr C Atkinson's Ch. 'Crossfell'
The Art of the English Setter by Debra Lampert-Rudman published in The Canine Chronicle
Rex of Crossfell
British artist Reuben Ward Binks (1880-1950) was also painting during the heyday of burgeoning interest in purebred dog conformation and field trials and traveled in the circles of socially prominent dog fanciers.
Binks is said to have stated that, “nearly all the prominent dog owners of England have given me commissions…Dr. Turton Price of Dundee, Scotland, whose ‘Crombie’ pointers and setters are so popular over here in America as well as elsewhere in the shooting and dog show worlds, has a large collection of my pictures…”
Depicted in a show pose set in a hilly landscape, Rex of Crossfell, was one of the “Crombie” setters.
According to Valerie Foss, Rex of Crossfell’s significance is as follows:
“Rex of Crossfell was by Sh Ch Marvel of Crombie ex owner’s Alice of Crombie born 4 March 1930 G. C. Atkinson’s blue Rex of Crossfell KCSBN 283NN (formerly Earl of Crombie ). Winner 3rd Open class Manchester 1932, the Judge D.E. R. Griffiths remarked that Rex was a ‘fine big raking setter with grand head, sound & moved well, was rather low in condition which made him appear ‘ leggy ‘ but I think will improve with age’.”
Ms. Foss went on to state that Mr. Atkinson bred the famous Ch Crossfell (also painted by R.W. Binks) a top sire & show dog & good worker. “He was offered £1,000 for him as a youngster from the USA but never regretted not letting him go,” Ms. Foss added.