Gone Away

by William Woodhouse

DIMENSIONS: (unframed)18.00 x 24.00 in./45.7 x 61.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

Catalogue No: 4736 Categories: ,

William Woodhouse was a Lancashire artist who had a love for all creatures. His favoured subject was animals, especially horses and dogs. Some of his greatest works are considered to be his sporting pictures, which included the portrayal of his gun dogs Jess and Turk. Many of Woodhouse’s pictures are of historical value as they depict accurately a bygone era, with his great eye for detail creating a sense of nostalgia.

Here, Woodhouse has perfectly captured the movement of the horse, hounds and rider as they leap above the thick brambles; the epitome of his sporting pictures. There is an especially sensitive and tender way in which Woodhouse has depicted the horses and the dogs, from the gloss of the horse’s coat through to the detailed portrayal of the focused expression on the dog’s faces. Technically brilliant and interested in textures, Woodhouse had a soft realistic style which is well suited to the depiction of animals and birds.


Private Collection, United Kingdom


Born at Poulton-le-Sands, now Morecambe, Lancashire, on 1st October 1857, Woodhouse remained a Lancastrian throughout his life basing himself in Heysham. He acquired a keen interest in nature at an early age and became known as a distinguished animal painter.  He studied at the Lancaster School of Art and then at the Nottingham School of Art. There is record that his works were used as examples for art students from which to learn. Interestingly, although woodhouse had an art school education, much of his practice is self-taught as he often frequented the slaughterhouses in order to study anatomy of the animals.


Woodhouse first exhibited when he was 24 at the Lancaster Exhibition and he continued to show there until 1927. His affection for Lancashire meant that he rarely exhibited outside that county. However, he did exhibit a few pieces in London including two at London’s Royal Academy; “Doomed” in 1889 and “Wolves and Wild Boar” in 1896. He also exhibited at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool but his preferred local was the Lancashire Art Exhibition at Preston where he showed from 1927 until his death at Morecambe on 13th January 1939.


Woodhouse has had several gallery and museum exhibitions and is in many private and public collections across the globe.





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