Smythe, Edward R
Edward Robert Smythe (British, 1810-1899)
THE HORSE FAIR
Oil on canvas, 32 1/2" x 66"
Provenance: Oscar and Peter Johnson, Ltd., London Christie's, London, The Country House Sale: Pomfret House and Tetworth Hall, November 5, 2008, lot 469 The Horse Fair is one of the greatest works that Edward Robert Smythe ever produced. It is undoubtedly one of the largest canvases that Smythe ever created and the work is assuredly one of his most compositionally complex.
The only comparable work that Edward Smythe is known to have produced is thought to be a companion piece to the painting currently being offered and it bears the title The Wool Pit Horse Show, Suffolk. The two works both brought record prices for a work by Edward Robert Smythe when they were sent to the auction block with The Horse Fair bringing over $51,000.00 in 2008 and The Wool Pit Horse Show, Suffolk bringing over $52,000.00 in 2011.