Alfred Wheeler was born near Bath in Somerset to John Alfred Wheeler (1821-1877), who retired early from the army to pursue a successful painting career. Wheeler is thought to have studied under his father and to have worked closely with him. He married Catherine Muspratt in 1874 and moved next door to his father at Raglan Villas, Bath. Alfred then followed his father when he moved to Hanwell. Alfred and Catherine had six children of which two became artists: Walter Herbert and John Frederich.
The Wheeler family specialized in sporting subjects such as horse racing and fox hunting. They were also commissioned frequently for animal portraits.
Alfred Wheeler and his father are often confused due to their extremely similar styles and their signatures; they both signed J. nA. Wheeler or A.Wheeler senior. The pair even painted some of the same racehorses, and both received commissions from Baron Rothschild and the Prince of Wales. Alfredís work is thought to be less prolific, even though he contributed to many of his fatherís paintings toward the end of his life.
Oil on Canvas
16" x 20"