John Willis Good was the foremost English animalier sculptor of the nineteenth century. His modelling is distinctively crisp and detailed and his subjects are most often specific narratives in contrast to the more romantic themes of his French counterparts. Good specialized in hunting and racing themes and his models display a personal familiarity with these pursuits. The present bronzes are of exceptional quality and are certainly extremely rare. The last pair appeared at auction more than twenty years ago, which suggests that these bronzes were individually commissioned rather than commercially edited.
Good exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1870 to 1879 when his career was tragically cut short by his death at the young age of 34. The majority of the models he exhibited were of equestrian subjects often with narrative titles such as that belonging to a bronze group exhibited in 1875: “Quiet to ride and drive, and has been hunted.” His studio was located off the Fulham Road.
Around 1875 Good was working with the distinguished British silver smith and foundry firm Elkington & Co.