Most likely part of his “champion portraits” series for the National Field Trial Association, this Edmund Henry Osthaus (1858-1928) painting is a beautiful portrait of a champion English Setter named Commissioner.
Osthaus was a German American painter who was most well-known for his contribution to the world of sporting dogs and capturing their likenesses on canvas. He competed with his own dogs and was an avid sportsman. I could not find specific about Commissioner, either the dog or the painting, but that doesn’t detract from the ability to enjoy the beauty of the animal and this painting.
To learn more about the artist and see more of his work, please visit our Edmund Henry Osthaus biography.