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Saturday, March 30, 2013

William Henry Hamilton Trood (British artist, 1848-1899)


Born in 1848, Trood was an animal painter, specialising in painting dogs in particular, and a sculptor. Schooled in England, his work is characterised by a highly finished, sympathetic quality with great attention to detail, yet it is rarely sentimental. From his youth Trood lived and studied dogs. Trood said "I have painted them since I was four years old, but not until I was twenty could I paint one properly." At one time he kept a menagerie in the back garden of his Chelsea studio until the neighbors complained of noise. Afterwards he kept a fox, a badger and an otter running loose in his room with his dogs. He once tried hypnotism on a dog to try and keep it to stay still but its eyes looked unnatural. Trood exhibited regularly in England but mainly at the Royal Academy from 1879 to 1898. He also exhibited at Suffolk Street, the New Watercolour Society, Grosvenor Gallery and elsewhere. He died in London on 3 November 1899.



















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