John Mcewen com­ments on Set­ting Sail

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DANIEL CRANE was brought up on a Nor­folk dairy farm: ‘Dad had a grand oldfash­ioned cob that he used to hunt when hounds met lo­cally. I re­call fol­low­ing in the car and be­ing wholly ex­cited. Noth­ing has changed some forty years later!’

His in­ter­est was rekin­dled at 19 when he chanced upon the South Wold hounds one early morn­ing and de­cided to fol­low them. He now hunts with the Brock­lesby and as a reg­u­lar vis­i­tor with the Belvoir, and is also Joint Mas­ter of the Scar­teen [‘Black and Tans’] in Ire­land.’

From the Royal Wed­ding through to the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee, Mr Crane was the Artist in Res­i­dence to the House­hold Cavalry Mounted Reg­i­ment. ‘The child­hood prac­tice of paint­ing my sur­round­ings has not changed,’ he says, ‘but the Royal Wed­ding her­alded a slight mi­gra­tion from de­pict­ing all as­pects of the sport I love.’ The sport­ing artist he most ad­mires is Lionel Ed­wards (1878– 1966), who spe­cialised in paint­ing horses and is best known for his hunt­ing scenes. ‘I con­stantly re­mind my­self, through his work, that high stan­dards on the can­vas and on the hunt­ing field should pre­vail!’

‘Many of my pic­tures tell a story. Set­ting Sail shows a gen­tle­man in dis­ar­ray as his mount ducks out at this for­mi­da­ble wall. See­ing his fel­low sports­man’s plight, the chap on the chest­nut gives his horse no doubt, through hand and leg, that they are go­ing to see the other side, prefer­ably to­gether! The hunt­ing field is a great lev­eller, we have all played both roles de­picted here.’

Mr Crane will be ex­hibit­ing work at Bad­minton Horse Tri­als, Peter­bor­ough’s Fes­ti­val of Hunt­ing, The Game Fair (Hat­field), Burgh­ley Horse Tri­als and The Open meet­ing at Chel­tenham in Novem­ber.

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