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Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - The Life Of A Hunter. A Tight Fix by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

The Life Of A Hunter. A Tight Fix

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - A Slight Chance. A Good Chance by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

A Slight Chance. A Good Chance

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - Deer Stalking In Scotland. Getting Ready by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

Deer Stalking In Scotland. Getting Ready

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - Flushing Grouse. Long Lake. Hamilton County New York by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

Flushing Grouse. Long Lake. Hamilton County New York

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - Maternal Solicitude by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

Maternal Solicitude

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Painting - The Reprimand. Ah You Naughty Fawnyou Have Been Eating The Flowers Again by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

The Reprimand. Ah You Naughty Fawnyou Have Been Eating The Flowers Again

 Painting - An Anxious Moment by Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

An Anxious Moment

A Close Point

A Tempting Shot

Adirondack Deer

American Wood Duck and Golden Eye

Amos F. Adams Shooting Over Gus Bondher and Son, Count Bondher

Buck and Doe

Buck in a Marsh

Cattle and Landscape


Chicks and Delft Bowl

Chicks Rather Hard Fare


Cocker Spaniel and Woodcock

Deer Driving

Deer in Marsh

Deer in the Adirondacks

Deer in the Woods

Dog and Quail

Down the road in Franklin County New York

Duck Shooting with Decoys

Duck Shooting

Duck Shooting. A Good

Ducks at the Spring Head

Eight Point Stag

Flushed Ruffed Grouse Shooting

Going Out

Hunting on the Scottish Highlands

Male Mallard with Three Ducks

Maternal Affection

Mink Trapping in Northern New York

Misty Morning on the Hudson River

October in the Forest

On a Point

On the Alert

Prarie Shooting Find Him


Ruffed Grouse

Setter and Woodcock

Sheep in Shed

Spaniel Chasing Ducks

The Adirondacks

The Challenge

The Forest Adirondacks

The Last War-Whoop

The Last War-Whoop

The Life of a Hunter A Tight Fix

The Outlet of St. Regis Lake

The Surprise


Trapper Looking Out

View on Long Lake

William Dodge as Pistol

Winter Shanty at Ragged Lake

Young Chickens

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (February 5, 1819 – April 28, 1905) was a British 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.

Life and career

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 late 1840s he became aware of the Americas while attending a George Catlin exhibition in Paris.[4] 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.[5]

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


American Art Annual, Volume 5. MacMillan Company. 1905. p. 124.
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.
"Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait". Russell Fink Gallery. Retrieved 2006-07-11.
"Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait". The National Museum of Wildlife Art. Retrieved 2006-07-11.[dead link]

Chisholm 1911.


This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Tait, Arthur Fitzwilliam". Encyclopædia Britannica 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

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