‘An Old Nag is a Sly Nag’ (1883)

'An Old Nag Is A Sly Nag' by Eyre Crowe A.R.A. (1883)

‘An Old Nag Is A Sly Nag’ by Eyre Crowe A.R.A. (1883)

Medium: oil

Size: 36 x 51 cm

Exhibited: Royal Academy, 1883

Current owner: Private collection

This painting was sold at an online auction on 9 September 2019, by Bukowski’s of Stockholm, https://www.bukowskis.com/sv/lots/1173615-eyre-crowe-olja-pa-duk-signerad-och-daterad-1883. The estimate was 4,000 Swedish krona, but it sold for 4,400 (411 euros).

The Field, 12 May 1883:

Mr Eyre Crowe, in 427, shows, prettily enough, a child trying to catch an old white horse

Athenaeum, 2 June 1883:

It is better than [Old Porch, Evesham]. An old nag is a sly nag (427) shows a vista of trees and a sunlit garden wall; against the latter an old gaunt white pony rubs his shoulder while he looks askant at a halter held out by a little girl to coax him to work. The character and expressions are given with cleverness and spirit, and there is a touch of humour in the action of the pony, which lets one see that he knows he will have to give in and go to work. Though a little opaque the painting here is unusually clear and bright.

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