Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

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Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait
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Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait in 1893.
Born (1819-02-05)February 5, 1819
Lively Hall
Died April 5, 1905(1905-04-05) (aged 86)
Nationality British
Movement wildlife
Awards National Academy of Design

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (February 5, 1819 – April 28, 1905) was a British-American artist who is known mostly for his paintings of wildlife.[1] During most of his career, he was associated with the New York City art scene.

Americans arguing politics in 1854 while ignoring the farm chores.

Life and career[edit]

Rabbits on a Log, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tait was born in Lively Hall near Liverpool, England. At eight years old, because his father went bankrupt he was sent to live with relatives in Lancaster. It is during that time that he became attached to animals. Later on, in Manchester, England, Agnew & Zanetti Repository of Art acquired Arthur Tait who began self-learning to paint, as a twelve-year-old boy.[2] His work consisted mostly of reproduced lithography that were exposed for Agnew's exhibitions. In 1838, he left the Agnew lithography reproduction business to marry.[3]

Life on the Prairie, The Buffalo Hunt, Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait, lithograph by Currier & Ives, 1862

During the period 1845-1848 he produced a number of lithographs of railway subjects with a particular focus on landscapes showing Lancashire and Yorkshire lines.[4]

During the late 1840s he became aware of the Americas while attending a George Catlin exhibition in Paris.[5] He immigrated to the United States in 1850, where he established a small painting camp in the Adirondacks to paint during summer. Starting in 1852, Currier & Ives reproduced lithographies of his works to publicize him. What also promoted his talent was exhibitions held at the National Academy of Design, New York during the late 19th century showing more than 200 paintings of his. In 1858 he was elected to full membership of the Academy.[2]

Tait's "The Reprimand" (1852), at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City shows a rural girl "warning" a deer.

He was identified with the art life of New York until his death at Yonkers, New York in 1905. He painted barnyard fowl and wild birds as well as sheep and deer, with great dexterity, and reproductions of his minute panels of chickens had an enormous vogue.[6]

In 2006, Tait's painting Good Hunting Ground: The Home of the Deer was auctioned for $167,300.

He is interred at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City.


  1. ^ American Art Annual, Volume 5. MacMillan Company. 1905. p. 124. 
  2. ^ a b Chisholm, Nan, Noelle DeSantis & James L. Halperin. Heritage Galleries & Auctioneers American Art Signature Auction #604, Heritage Capital Corporation. p. 11. ISBN 1-932899-31-6.
  3. ^ "Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait". Russell Fink Gallery. Retrieved 2006-07-11. 
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  5. ^ "Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait". The National Museum of Wildlife Art. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-07-11. 
  6. ^  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tait, Arthur Fitzwilliam". Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 364. 

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