John Mcewen comments on Setting Sail
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.