Known as Browne of
Coventry, he worked in the Coventry and Warwickshire area but little else is
recorded. He is not known to have exhibited, but his work is of extremely good
quality. Some of his horse portraits are almost comparable to John Ferneley
senior whose work obviously had a strong influence on him. Like many painters
of animals at that time he would have travelled the local area visiting the
finer houses and farms to pick up commissions for pictures. This would be very
lucrative as George Stubbs found that it was more profitable to paint favourite
animals than portraits of people.
The Warners of
Bulkington were amongst his patrons and one picture of a horse and dog shows
Bulkington Church in the background.
exact dates are not known he obviously has a fairly long life as recorded
pictures are dated from 1819 to 1877.
Like so many horse
painters of the period he also painted cattle portraits.
Browne normally signed
and dated and sometimes inscribed his pictures, ‘Coventry’.
This painting is
clearly one of his earliest dated works.
Bibl: Dictionary of
British Equestrian Artists – Sally Mitchell