Oil of the Wire-haired Fox Terrier "Newmarket Starlight" by William Lucas Lucas (English, 20th century)
An oil on Windsor and Newton's "Rathbone" Canvas Board of the Wire-haired Fox Terrier "Newmarket Starlight" standing in show posture by William Lucas Lucas (English, 20th century). Signed and dated bottom left "WLLUCAS 1932", and titled bottom right "Newmarket Starlight".
Inscribed to the reverse:
Winner of many prizes including
Challenge Certificate in the Joint Terrier show as a puppy. (Beat the champion dog for the Cup for the best Wire)
Certificate and Cup for best bitch of any breed in show Shyford
the Cup for any breed bred by Exhibitors
the Cup for best terrier any breed at show
(Sold for £500)"
Newmarket Starlight sold to America.
Also to the reverse gallery/framers label "J.Ward & Sons High Street, Newmarket"
The Newmarket prefix was that of Major J Hollingshead Wright OBE, MRCVS, who at the time this Fox Terrier was painted was living at The Croft, Exning Road, Newmarket. For 1927 he was the President of the Wire Fox Terrier Association. He was one of the notable breeders of the interwar period, and in 1927 Roger Phillips wrote a short biography on Major Wright for the Wire Fox Terrier Association. See below.
Major J Hollingshead Wright OBE, MRCVS
This is a SOLD item and has been left in the Public Domain for research purposes. Images are available for research and public use with an acknowledgement to www.hamsheregallery.com