Sketch of Pointers, one retrieiving a bird

by Charles Olivier de Penne (French, 1831-1897)


Charles Olivier de Penne was born in Paris on January 11, 1831. Penne was formally trained in art under Léon Cogniet (1974-1880), the history and portrait artist, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and then continued his studies with Charles Emile Jacque (1813-1894), the Realist and Barbizon painter.

In 1857 de Penne won second grand prize for his exhibited work Jésus et la Samaritaine at the competition for the Prix de Rome, Jules Didier won first prize for his painting of the same subject. De Penne’s love of animals, especially dogs, and hunting scenes would be the driving force and influence behind his works. Penne frequently exhibited at the Paris Salon, he won the third class medal at in 1872 and the second class medal in 1883. Among the works exhibited at the Salon were: Norman Dogs and Cerf forcé, tenant les abois in 1875; The Cry of the Wild Boar and English Dogs in 1876; Dogs of St. Hubert and Fox Hounds in 1877 and English Dogs and Dogs of Saint-Germain and Skye in 1878. At the Paris Exposition of 1889 he, along with Daniel Ridgway Knight, was awarded a silver medal.

During his lifetime, De Penne’s sporting and animal paintings were highly sought after by collectors throughout the world. He continued to exhibit until his death on April 18, 1897. Penne worked in oils, watercolours and drawings and his works can be found in a variety of public collections.

Sketch of Pointers, one retrieiving a bird

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19th Century

Pencil on paper

4 1/8 x 5 5/8 inches, (10.5 x 14.5 cms)

UK Private Collection