William Henry Wheelwright
(English, active 1857-1897)
The Coaching Party
Oil-on-canvas, signed lower right and dated “1870”
Painting: 24” x 36”
Frame: 31 ½” x 42 ¼”
Provenance: The Ritz Carlton, Cleveland, OH
Wheelwright was a painter of equestrian, coaching and sporting scenes as well as a variety of other subjects, working in a strong style. He exhibited at the Dudley Gallery (London) between 1878 and 1880. Titles of his sporting paintings include “A Collarbone” and “Taking a Fence”, both watercolors dated 1873, “Taking a Bank”, “Climbing out of a Ditch” (1873) and “A Horse Fair” (1857). His portrait of the racehorse “Barcaldine” with jockey up (1883) was exhibited at the National Gallery of British Sports and Pastimes at Hutchinson House in 1949.
The stage coach was a large four wheeled carriage, usually four-horsed, enclosed with seats inside and on the roof, carrying passengers at fixed rates and times with stoppages for meals and relays of horses.
Mitchell, Sally. The Dictionary of Equestrian Artists
Wingfield, Mary Anne. A Dictionary of Sporting Artists, 1650-1990
Wood, Christopher. Dictionary of British Art. Vol. IV,
The same, or similar coach appears in the painting below which sold at Sothebys for $24,000.