19th C. Oil on Canvas by John Charlton
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This particular painting is titled ‘A Hot Scent’ and was done in 1882 for exhibit at the Royal Academy, depicting a fox hunting scene with the signature of the artist in the lower right hand corner. This immense and outstanding work is framed in the original gilt wood frame, which is very ornate and heavily detailed. It measures in its entirety 109 in – 277 cm wide, 70 in – 178 cm high and has a depth of 7 in – 18 cm. The canvas alone measures 89 ¾ 228 cm in width and 53 ½ in – 136 cm high. 

John Charlton (1849–1917) was an English painter and illustrator of historical and especially battle scenes, mainly from contemporary history. Born to Samuel Charlton and his wife Mary Ann (née Pickering) Charlton on 28 June 1849, in Bamburgh, Northumberland, he received his first lessons in drawing from his father when he was only three or four years old, and within a few years was drawing horses with some skill. A job in the Newcastle bookshop of Mr. Robinson, a keen collector of the work of Thomas Bewick, "the father of wood engraving,” gave him an appreciation of graphic art. It was here that the budding artist began to imitate the master’s work; much to the delight of two of Bewick’s ageing sisters. He attended evening classes at the Newcastle School of Arts under William Bell Scott. During this time he began to develop quite a reputation on Tyneside as a painter of horses and dogs, and he received some commissions to portray family pets. He debuted at the Royal Academy in 1870, and his first painting with a military theme, ‘Exercising artillery horses on a frosty morning’, appeared three years later.