John Willis Good (English, 1845 - 1879)
John Willis Good was without question the leading English Sporting sculptor of the 19th century. Not only due to his choice of subjects - almost entirely hounds and horses, with or without riders - but also because of his artistic flair and skill which enabled him to not only portray his chosen subject accurately, but also in a way immediately pleasing to the eye.
Sadly, at the age of 34, after only ten years exhibiting his work, he shot himself in his studio on the Fulham Road, London. Perhaps for this reason we know very little about him today other than he took a probationary course in the schools of the Royal Academy and later studied under the celebrated sculptor J. E. Boehm. Between 1870 and 1878 he exhibited fifteen pieces at the Royal Academy and on one occasion combined on a work with Charles Lutyens, himself a well known sporting painter who also produced several sculptures.
Willis Good's sculptures were justifiably popular during his life time and were edited in bronze, sterling silver and also silver plated bronze, often by Elkington & Co., of Birmingham. His last works were a series of studies of hounds, and he became increasingly interested in the colouring of his work which he began to carry out himself.
Gentleman on Horseback, 1874
60 x 58 x 20 cm
23 1/2" x 22 3/4" x 7 3/4"
(height x length x depth)