Arthur-Fitzwilliam Tait(British, 1819-1905)
Hardworking and prolific, the British-born Tait was one of mid-century America’s most popular painters of sporting scenes and animal subjects. Initially trained as a lithographer, after exposure to the work of Edwin Landseer, Tait decided to pursue painting. Primarily self-taught, he would perfect his technique by copying works seen at the Royal Institute of Art. An introduction to American painter George Catlin proved to be fateful, as he helped the young artist establish a lifelong interest in frontier living. In 1850, Tait traveled to the United States where he spent the remainder of his life pursuing his love of hunting and wildlife while also working out of his Manhattan studio. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Tate Gallery in London among others.