“Pepper” a West Highland Terrier / Cairn oil by Gourlay Steell RSA (Scottish, 1819 -1894)
“Pepper” a celebrated West Highland Terrier by Gourlay Steell RSA (Scottish, 1819 -1894). Pepper, whose name refers to his colour sits in a Scottish interior. Framed in the artist’s favourite rounded top gilt frame. Signed in red, bottom left “Gourlay Steell RSA” and dated “1871”. Titled top left, beneath frame “Pepper”, and initialled and dated top right “GS 1871”. Scottish 1871.
Gourlay Steell famously painted a Cairn Terrier “Speoch” a favourite dog of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch in 1864 in a similar setting, now in “The Buccleuch Collection”. A year after this painting, in 1872 he was appointed the official painter of animals to Queen Victoria, succeeding Sir Edwin Landseer.
This is a SOLD item and has been left in the Public Domain for research purposes.
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