Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait (1819–1905)
Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait was born August 5, 1819 in a suburb of Liverpool, England. Growing up as the youngest of nine siblings, Tait developed an affinity for the outdoors and the fine arts; he spent most of his youth hunting, fishing, and sketching. He entered the professional art world during his early years, working for Thomas Agnew at Agnew & Zanetti’s Repository of Arts in Manchester. Tait eventually decided to pursue art as his career and first exhibited his work at the Royal Manchester Institution in 1839. Tait found even more success upon moving to American in 1850. During this time, he turned towards what would become his signature subject matter - the depiction of lively woodland creatures. Today his works are displayed in myriad museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London and the National Museum of Racing, Saratoga Springs, NY.