William Henry Hamilton Trood (1848-1899)
Left In Charge
Signed and dated 1887
Oil on Canvas
12 x 16 inches – 30.5 x 40.6 cms
Private Collection, UK
William Henry Hamilton Trood was a painter of animals and most particularly dogs. Born in the early years of Victoria’s reign during which the popularity of domesticated dogs increased enormously Trood became widely popular for his canine subjects.
Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1802-1873) and Richard Ansdell, R.A. (1815-1885) had popularised the romantic aspect of canine genre and Trood later in the century was a prime exponent of the sentimental aspect, exhibition works such as “Feel Better Now”, “Dinner Time – Very Hungry”, “Home Sweet Home” and “A Plaintive Duet”, all works portraying dogs in an anthropomorphic sense.
Trood exhibited widely, at the Royal Academy between 1879-1898, and at Suffolk Street, the New Watercolour Society and the Grosvenor Galleries. Trood was in addition to painting in oil and watercolour an accomplished sculptor who exhibited terracotta’s at the Royal Academy.