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A Quick Lunch (Hunting Dogs) - Cecil Aldin - Felix Rose 1986 - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W


A Quick Lunch (Hunting Dogs) - Cecil Aldin - Felix Rose 1986 - Framed Print - 16"H x 12"W

Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin was a British artist and illustrator, best known for his paintings and sketches of animals, sports, and rural life. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and a Master of Fox Hounds, and many of his pictures illustrated hunting.

Aldin was educated at Eastbourne College and Solihull Grammar School. He studied art at the studio of Albert Joseph Moore but, unhappy with the teaching methods Aldin left after a month to study animal anatomy at the National Art Training School.

After this he attended a summer school run by the animal painter and teacher, William Frank Calderon. Aldin left when he developed rheumatic fever but shortly afterwards he sold his first drawing, which appeared in The Building News of 12 September 1890. This was followed by a dog show picture purchased by the The Graphic in 1891.

He began a long association with The Illustrated London News. Whilst at Chelsea he would often draw in the London Zoological Gardens. He also did some work for Cadburys advertising.  Aldin was commissioned by The Pall Mall Budget in 1894 to illustrate the serialisation of stories from Rudyard Kipling's The Second Jungle Book.

He illustrated the 1910 edition of Charles Dickens' The Pickwick Papers.

At the outbreak of the First World War Aldin was the sole Master of the South Berkshire Foxhounds and became a Remount Purchasing Officer in charge of an Army Remount Depot.

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