Watercolour of Charles E A Alington’s F.T. Champion Labrador Retrievers & The Champion Stake winners “Dazzle” and “Flashy” by Reuben Ward Binks (English, 1880 - 1950)
Watercolour studies of Mr Charles E A Alington’s F.T. Champion Labrador Retrievers & The Champion Stake winners “Dazzle” and “Flashy” by Reuben Ward Binks (1880 - 1950).
Titled “Dazzle” and “Flashy” and signed and dated bottom right “R Ward Binks 1921”. The reverse bears “International Gundog League At The Working Trials Held by The Retriever Society near Didlington Hall, Breckland on the 7th & 8th December 1921 1st prize in the Champion Stakes was awarded to Mr C Alington’s “Flashy”. Then signed by the three judges Mr “P(eter) Clutterbuck”, Mr “B J Warwick” and Sir “G(eorge) Thursby“ and secretary “George Louth”.
Together with framer’s label “J. Middleton, frame maker, gilder, and mount cutter, 231 King’s Road, Chelsea”. Allington not only won this prestigious event The Champion Stake in 1921 with “Flashy”, but he won again in 1922 with “Dazzle”. Charles Alington was one of the founding members of the Labrador Retriever Club in 1916. In “The Popular Labrador Retriever” Countess Lorna Howe wrote of Mr Alington as “probably one of the greatest handlers and trainers of all time”. In 1929 Alington wrote the classic reference to the difficult task of judging retriever and spaniel field trials “Field Trials and Judging”. English 1921
The International Gundog League was formed in 1900 and today has 85 Societies/Clubs that are affiliated. Each year stakes are held in order to qualify for the prestigious annual Retriever Trials Championships.
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