Group of Duckings
Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait
Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (February 5, 1819 – April 28, 1905) was a British-American artist who is known mostly for his paintings of wildlife. During most of his career, he was associated with the New York City art scene.
Americans arguing politics in 1854 while ignoring the farm chores.
Life and career
Rabbits on a Log, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Tait was born in Livesey Hall near Liverpool, England. At eight years old, because his father went bankrupt he was sent to live with relatives in Lancaster. It is during that time that he became attached to animals. Later on, in Manchester, England, Agnew & Zanetti Repository of Art acquired Arthur Tait who began self-learning to paint, as a twelve-year-old boy. His work consisted mostly of reproduced lithography that were exposed for Agnew’s exhibitions. In 1838, he left the Agnew lithography reproduction business to marry.
Life on the Prairie, The Buffalo Hunt, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1862
During the period 1845-1848 he produced a number of lithographs of railway subjects with a particular focus on landscapes showing Lancashire and Yorkshire lines.
During the late 1840s he became aware of the Americas while attending a George Catlin exhibition in Paris. He immigrated to the United States in 1850, where he established a small painting camp in the Adirondacks to paint during summer. Starting in 1852, Currier & Ives reproduced lithographies of his works to publicize him. What also promoted his talent was exhibitions held at the National Academy of Design, New York during the late 19th century showing more than 200 paintings of his. In 1858 he was elected to full membership of the Academy.
Tait’s “The Reprimand” (1852), at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City shows a rural girl “warning” a deer.
He was identified with the art life of New York until his death at Yonkers, New York in 1905. He painted barnyard fowl and wild birds as well as sheep and deer, with great dexterity, and reproductions of his minute panels of chickens had an enormous vogue.
In 2006, Tait’s painting Good Hunting Ground: The Home of the Deer was auctioned for $167,300.
He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.
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Item Information about this work
Title: Group of ducklings Artist: Tait, Arthur Fitzwilliam, 1819-1905 > goes through to his other works
Publisher: L. Prang & Co.
Name on Item: A. F. Tait
Genre: Chromolithographs –see below separator
Location: Boston Public Library
Arts Department Collection (local):Louis Prang & Company Collection
Bodies of water
Extent:1 print : chromolithograph, color Permalink: https://ark.digitalcommonwealth.org/ark:/50959/z890rv525
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Chromolithography is a unique method for making multi-colour prints. This type of colour printing stemmed from the process of lithography, and includes all types of lithography that are printed in colour. When chromolithography is used to reproduce photographs, the term photochrome is frequently used. Lithographers sought to find a way to print on flat surfaces with the use of chemicals instead of raised relief or recessed intaglio techniques.Chromolithography – Wikipedia