George Armfield

(British, 1808-1893)

Armfield Smith was born in Wales in 1808, the son of portrait painter William Armfield Hobday. Under his father’s tutelage, the artist began his career at age 16 with the exhibition of an oil painting of his beloved Newfoundland dog, Lion, at the Royal Academy. He masterfully captured the earthy tones of fur and grass in broad, lively brush strokes. Armfield professed a great love of animals—and his portraits of horses and hounds are in high demand among British
sporting art collectors. He died in Clapman, England in August 1893.

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