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Thomas Sherwood La Fontaine
The Paddock Newbury, Thomas Sherwood La Fontaine
Thomas Sherwood La Fontaine was born in Smyrna, Turkey in 1915 and served in the military in Great Britain. He was known for his sporting art that included fox hunting, polo and racing scenes. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy in London in the 1940s and 1950s and Thomas was well known for his many commissioned paintings of notable race horses and their owners. He lived in Malmesbury, Wiltshire England and divided his time between England and the United States. La Fontaine’s work is well known in equestrian circles and his work was greatly influenced by Sir Alfred Munnings. An important example in the exhibition is “Policeman”, a French thoroughbred that won the Prix du Jockey Club at 54 to 1 odds.
oil on canvas, 20 x 24
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