T02363 ARAB MARE AND FOAL, WITH ATTENDANT, BY A RUINED TEMPLE c.1835
Oil on canvas, 19 1/8 × 26 1/2 (48.5 × 67.5)
Presented by Mr Paul Mellon KBE through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Prov: ...; L. F. McCardle, Sheffield Park, Sussex; Richard Green, from whom purchased by Mr Mellon 1971.
Exh: Annual Exhibition of Sporting Paintings, Richard Green 1971 (15, repr.).
Lit: Egerton, 1978, p.319, no.348.
Like several other artists who painted Arabian bloodstock, Laporte sometimes added imaginary ‘eastern’ backgrounds to suggest the ‘Arabia’ from which the Arab horse was originally imported into England. Here the young attendant's costume and the ruins, tent and palm trees in the background are only moderately fanciful; in other paintings, Laporte introduces the sphinx, pyramids and camels…