This paiting shows two dead fish next to a fishing basker

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait

American, 1819-1905

American Brook Trout, 1862

Oil on board

9 x 8 inches

Signed lower right

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait gave this painting to James B. Blossom as a Christmas present in December of 1862, as indicated by the inscription on the verso and the initials “J.B.B” on the fly book in the painting. James Blackwell Blossom was an enthusiastic sportsman and was Tait’s regular companion on his Adirondack trips in the early 1860s. James and his brother Josiah were partners in a prosperous naval stores business in New York.  James Blossom was featured in Tait’s 1862 painting entitled Going Out: Deer Hunting in the Adirondacks (Collection of the Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, NY). Tait named his first son James Blossom Tait after his fishing and hunting companion. The setting of this work could be Raquette Lake based on what is known about the artist’s trips.

This paiting shows two dead fish next to a fishing basker