Mare with foal

John Falconar Slater

English ( b.1857 - d.1937 )

Mare with foal

  • Oil on board
  • Signed lower right

Image size 9.5 inches x 13.4 inches ( 24cm x 34cm )
Frame size 13 inches x 17.3 inches ( 33cm x 44cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by John Falconar Slater, dating from around 1920.
The painting is presented and supplied in its’ original ornate frame.
Previously with J.E.M. Watt, 2d Thistle Street, Aberdeen.

John Slater was a British artist born at Rye Hill, Newcastle upon Tyne on 26th March 1857. He initially worked as a bookkeeper for his father’s corn mill before emigrating to South Africa. There he ran a stall in the diamond fields. He later turned to art as a career and returned home.

He was a member of the Bewick Club and President of the North East Art Club, based in Whitley Bay, and also a member of the Cullercoats Colony. He was an accomplished and versatile artist, well known for his landscape, seascape and portrait works, many of which have been produced as cards and prints. He has been described as one of the very best Northern Impressionist artists, with his distinct dynamic style and was particularly expert at depicting the many moods of the North Sea. The last twelve years of his life were spent in Cullercoats.

He exhibited often at the Royal Academy from 1889 and was also recognised by the Royal Scottish Academy. He also exhibited widely on his native Tyneside.

He was the author of Odds and Ends from an Artist’s Note Book, which was published in 1914.

This original oil on panel is a delightful image of the mare and her young foal. The mare is dark brown, with a black mane and tail, white socks and a white blaze on her nose. She is wearing a simple bridle or halter and has her head to the ground. The foal is lighter in colour, a reddish brown, and stands close to his mother. The horses are in a meadow, with lush green grass and the sky above is pale blue with light, white clouds. It is a life affirming and very pleasant piece.