Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait |  Save Up To 70% Off Retail Prices! | Free Artwork Giveaway | Best Offer | Weekly Deals |  Have Questions? Call 1-888-851-5650  
Find the Perfect Artwork!
New to or want to find the perfect artwork fast? Pick a starting point below!
New Arrivals
Artwork On Sale (Up to 70% off)
Weekly DealsHot!
Top Artists & Best SellersHot!
Browse Entire Collection
Featured CollectionsHot!
Browse by Artist Name
Artists In The Spotlight
Browse by Subjects of InterestHot!
Browse by Medium
Browse by Artwork Title
Browse by Dominant Color
Browse by Price Range
Browse by Artwork Dimensions Custom Framing & Online Frame ShopCustom Framing!
Save Time & Money! Fast Turnaround. Learn more...

Best Offer empowers you to negotiate a lower price for an item just like in real life!Like to Negotiate?
Submit an Offer and save a bunch of money! Learn more...

Get the art you want with the Layaway Program!Lay-It-Away!
Buy now and pay later. No Interest or Fees! Learn more...

Listen to eclectic music while you shop!I-Radio!
Shop & listen to eclectic sounds from around the globe! Launch I-Radio. Newsletter
Enjoy exclusive discounts and offers, new product information, decorating tips, educational content, and much more...
View Sample Opens In New Window. | Zero-Spam Policy
Featured Artists

Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait


Known as one of America’s earliest sporting artists, Arthur Fitzwilliam (A.F.) Tait was born near Liverpool, England and trained as a lithographer for Agnews, an art dealer in Manchester. While in their employ, he was exposed to the works of Edwin Landseer and John Frederick Herring, and taught himself to paint by copying works at the Royal Institute. Although self-taught, Tait was also a teacher of drawing and lithography in Liverpool before he came to the United States.

Tait became interested in frontier life when he assisted George Catlin with his traveling Indian Gallery in France and England in the 1840’s. In 1850, Tait traveled to the United States, where he pursued his interest in wildlife and hunting. He worked from a studio in New York City, but spent a great deal of time in the forests of the Adirondack region, where he acquired excellent first-hand knowledge of hunting and fishing.

His realistic hunting scenes, with their strong narrative qualities, were made into prints and distributed by Currier and Ives. In 1858, Tait became an Academician at the National Academy of Design in New York City. By the late 1860’s, he was renowned for painting fowl, game and domestic animals placed in natural settings. People loved the warm camaraderie of Tait’s hunting and fishing, cabin and campfire depictions, and he did much to focus public attention on natural scenery and wildlife.

Tait strictly adhered to the “truth to nature” theory advocated by John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood that came into being in 1848. In his later years, unable to make the sojourns to the Adirondacks, Tait focused his attention on more domestic scenes. Even the tame scenes of farm animals such as chickens, roosters, and sheep found a favorable audience. His exquisite attention to detail and dramatic use of light granted him a permanent place in the hearts of art connoisseurs and the general public alike.

His work influenced the next generation of artists, such as Michael Harnett. Tait is known to have collaborated on paintings with Jon Hart, as well as doing a series of paintings of Indians and western life with Louis Maurer. “Neither had any knowledge of Indians. Their research was done in the Astor Library, on illustrations by Bodmer and prints by Catlin. Tait never did go farther West than Chicago.”

Tait’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum in Denver, Colorado, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, and the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, as well as the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery in Connecticut and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Explore Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Collection Explore Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Collection
Print Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Biography Print Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait Biography
Download Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait PDF Biography Download Arthur Fitzwilliam Tait PDF Biography

Disclaimer: The biography shown on this page is not meant to be a complete and comprehensive exploration of the life of the featured artist and is not guaranteed to be up-to-date. While information provided about each artist is carefully studied and reviewed prior to publishing; assumes no liability for the content provided on this page. Biography was last updated on . Please let us know if any information is out-of-date or inaccurate.

Copyright Notice: All videos and media are used with permission and are copyright of their respective owners. The unauthorized copying or distribution of such material is prohibited and is punishable by law.

Go to top of page.
Top Artists Subjects Collections Medium Price Size
Norman Rockwell
Richard E. Aaron
Adriana Naveh
Jesus Fuertes
Sung Sam Park
Phillip Anthony
Gary Benfield
Stephen Shortridge
Lucelle Raad
Peter Max
All Artists
Top Artists
Animation & Cartoon
Plants & Flowers
Fantasy & Dreamscape
Movies & TV Series
Military & War
Art Deco
All Subjects
Art Director's Picks
Free Artwork
KAT - The Artist of the Stars
Miami River Art Fair
Walt Disney
Salvador Dali Divine Comedy
LeRoy Neiman
Ann Storck Center
Canvas Artwork on Demand
Masters of the Louvre
All Collections
Marbleized Acrylic on Paper
Original Acrylic Painting
Original Watercolor
Hand-Signed Photograph
Gouache on Paper
Giclee with Serigraphy
Original Mixed Media
Offset Lithograph
Seriolithograph On Canvas
Plush Toy
All Media
$0 - $100
$100 - $400
$400 - $900
$900 - $1500
$1500 - $2500
$2500 - Over
Specify Price
Specifty Size
Dominant Color
Beige | Black | Blue | Brown | Crème | Gold | Green | Grey | Orange | Pink |   Specify Color
  Go to top of page.
About ArtRev.comContact InformationAffiliate ProgramCustomer ServiceTerms of UsePrivacy Toolbar
See on Houz