John Martin Tracy

United States (18441893 ) - Artworks
TRACY John Martin Field Trials In North Carolina

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John Martin Tracy - Two Sporting Dog Prints

John Martin Tracy - Two Sporting Dog Prints

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Lot number: 447
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John M. Tracy (1843-1893) Two Sporting Dog Prints Black and White Setter, 1891 signed "Jno M. Tracy" lower left photogravure, 13 by 19 1/4 in. copyright by C. Klackner, New York, NY Tan and White Setter, 1892 photogravure, 12 3/8 by 18 5/8 in. copyright by C. Klackner, New York, NY
John Martin Tracy - Haunt Of The Woodcock: Sensation And Bang Bang

John Martin Tracy - Haunt Of The Woodcock: Sensation And Bang Bang

Original 1886
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Lot number: 253
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Property from a Private English Collection John Martin Tracy (American, 1843-1893) Haunt of the woodcock: Sensation and Bang Bang signed 'JM Tracy' (lower right), a label on the stretcher states 'Oil painting belonging to Henry Title Sensation & Bang Bang / painted by J M Tracy' oil on canvas 30 x 50in. (76 x 127cm.) Footnotes painted circa 1886 PROVENANCE: Captain Henry Metcalfe Thence by descent Sensation (left) and Bang Bang (right) were the two most famous Pointers owned by the Westminster Kennel Club. The club was founded in the 1870s with the aim of improving the Pointer breed in the United States. The kennels were managed (1885-1892) by James Mortimer who had been brought over from England. Situated in Babylon, New York, at its height it housed upwards of 200 dogs. The kennel club in its early days was a casual group of society sporting men who enjoyed meeting up to boast of their hunting exploits and discuss the prowess of their dogs. Their gatherings took place in the bar of the Westminster Hotel from which the club derives its name. In 1876 the members of the Westminster Kennel club commissioned one of its members, George de Forest Grant, to go to England to look for a Pointer which the members could use for breeding purposes. He discovered a lemon and white dog with a particularly fine head registered under the name 'Don' that was having considerable success on the trial circuit. Don was owned by R Parr of Leaton Knolls in Shropshire, born in February 1874 and bred by JR Humphreys. He was by Price's Jim out of Nell . Jim was sired by Mr. Whitehouse's Hamlet , one of the important stud dogs and cornerstones of the breed who was equally remarkable in the field and at stud. Don was a first prize winner at Shifnal, Swansea and Camarthen and was placed second at shows in Llanelly, Newport, Oswestry and Birmingham. In 1876 Don was shipped to America where he was registered as 'Sensation' in Volume I of the stud book of the National American Kennel Club. His American Championship was gained with wins at Baltimore, Boston and St. Louis. A trophy he won at a field trial in 1880 is on display at the American Kennel club Museum of the Dog . His show career was limited however by his primary role and reason for import which was to strengthen the breeding stock of the Westminster Kennel Club. Several artists depicted Sensation but the defining image is that done by JM Tracy. Apart from a brief interruption between 1896-1903 Sensation's portrait in one form or another has been the official logo of the Westminster Kennel Club every year since 1877. The engraving of Tracy's painting of Sensation by J Wellstood showing the dog in point is the most famous and used to this day. Sensation died in 1887 at the age of 13 having spent his retirement in comfort in the home of Robert C Cornell, a New York attorney and charter member of Westminster. He was buried at the club's headquarters in Babylon alongside other famous Pointers. There was a flagpole above the grave on which stood a weather vane adorned with a Pointer, always to point into the wind. The American Field , 18 June 1887 on the dog's death stated 'The death of Sensation breaks a living link of the past and present in the history of the development of the Pointer in this country'. Bang Bang was born in January 1881 and like Sensation was also bred in England, his breeder being Fred C Lowe. He was sired by Price's Ch. Bang out of Princess Kate . Kate was by Ponto who in turn was by Whitehouse's famous dog Hamlet . Both Ponto's grandparents were owned by the Earl of Sefton, a great sportsman on whose ground the famous Greyhound coursing meeting, the Waterloo cup, was first run, also the Grand National Steeplechase. Kate's dam, Sappho , was owned by the Rev. Thomas Pearce (Idstone) who was one of the judges at the first trial held in Britain, which was for Pointers and Setters and which took place on the 18 April 1865 on the estate of Mr. Samuel Whitbread MP. Sam Price of Bow in Devon was regarded as the leading authority on Pointers and got huge figures for his dogs. His Ch. Bang was behind the best Pointers in Britain. Bang Bang won at shows and field trials in Britain and also at trials in Liege and Darmstadt before leaving Britains's shores for America where he continued to win. Both Sensation and Bang Bang were originally offered at stud for $35, their fees subsequently being increased to $50. As Sensation died in 1887 and Bang Bang had not been in America all that long, the present lot was probably completed circa 1886 with an engraving published by Forest and Stream Publishing Company circa 1890 priced at $3. Images of both dogs from the engraving were reproduced in the Westminster Kennel Club show catalogue in 1893 and the heads of both dogs also appeared on the Westminster show prize cards. John Martin Tracy was born near Rochester, Ohio in 1843. Tracy was a product of those tumultuous years, his abolitionist father was killed in an anti-slavery uprising and his mother was a leading light of the women's suffrage and Women's Christian Temperance movement. In 1861 he enlisted as a volunteer in the 19th Illinois Infantry where during the Civil War he decided to make art his livelihood. He saved to go to the École des Beaux Arts in Paris and returned to paint Californian landscapes. After another spell in Paris where he honed his draughtsmanship skills he returned to start a portrait studio. The training in drawing from memory would serve him well when drawing dogs. The present lot was painted when Tracy was at the height of his powers. The illness that made him move to the warmer climes of Mississippi had not yet set in. His reputation was forged in this period when he was painting portraits of animals in imaginative landscape settings which were also handled with consummate skill showing the influence of the Barbizon School he had absorbed in his time in France. The haunt of the woodcock displays his talent for capturing the specific poses and details of his subjects and also the landscape they inhabit, making it a wonderful record of two important Pointers and an important work of art in its own right. We are grateful to Nick Waters and Karen Blasche for their assistance in cataloguing this lot.
John Martin Tracy - A Spaniel Puppy

John Martin Tracy - A Spaniel Puppy

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Lot number: 31
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John Martin Tracy (American, 1843-1893) A Spaniel puppy signed 'JM Tracy' (lower left) oil on canvas 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. (18.2 x 13.9 cm.) PROVENANCE: With Newhouse Galleries, New York With William Secord Gallery, New York Collection of Margie and Robert E. Petersen, Beverly Hills, California
John Martin Tracy - Field Trials In North Carolina

John Martin Tracy - Field Trials In North Carolina

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Lot number: 66011
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JOHN MARTIN TRACY (American, 1844-1893) Field Trials in North Carolina, (Southern Field Trials: Lightfield Deuce & Prince Lucifer), (Central Field Trials), 1891 Oil on canvas 30 x 50 inches (76.2 x 127 cm) Signed lower left: J.M. Tracy PROVENANCE: Private collection. EXHIBITED: "1893 Worlds Columbian Exposition", United States Alcove 182, no. 1156 (exhibited as SOUTHERN FIELD TRIALS, 1891). LITERATURE: W.B. Conkey, Worlds Columbian Exposition, Revised Catalogue Department of Fine Arts, Chicago, p. 74. Ohio-born J.M. Tracy was renowned during his lifetime as a master painter of sporting scenes, dogs and horses, although during his early years as a professional artist he also painted portraits and landscapes of the American West. In 1881, possibly in response to the growing popularity of daguerreotypes, he closed his portrait studio in St. Louis and moved to Greenwich, Connecticut, to focus exclusively upon sporting subjects. The intense training in drawing from memory that Tracy had received at the École des Beaux Arts in Paris proved to be an invaluable tool once he turned to painting hunting subjects. Field Trials in North Carolina is one of the largest works by Tracy to emerge from a private collection in recent decades. Selected by the United States as a work to be shown at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago shortly after it was completed, Fields Trials in North Carolina shows the artist in full command of his mature style at the height of his career. Estimate: $200,000 - $300,000. Tracy, John M. : . American painter, 1844-1893 Condition Report*: Very good condition: wax relined canvas; minor staining in upper left corner and minor frame abrasion along left edge; under UV examination, 3 x 4", "F"-shaped region of in-painting in upper left corner; scattered minor dots of in-painting in upper left and upper right sky; scattered minor in-painting in grass of lower quadrants, including a 1" line along the lower left edge. *Heritage Auction Galleries strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".
John Martin Tracy - Marsh Shooting

John Martin Tracy - Marsh Shooting

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Lot number: 557
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John Martin Tracy (1843-1893) "Marsh Shooting" Signed "J.M. Tracy" lower left Oil on canvas, 20 by 14 inches Newhouse Galleries, New York, New York label on back This painting is a rare self-portrait. In this image, Tracy is seen hunting in a marsh as a bird dog delivers a shorebird to hand. Provenance: Private Collection, Connecticut
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