Kinch was a truly local Hampshire artist who was born and lived in Fareham all his life. His home was on the corner of Trinity Street in the town centre and he is buried in the graveyard of Holy Trinity Church.
His father, also Hayter Kinch, was a wheelwright and the young Hayter was apprenticed to the same trade. However by the 1820s he was working as a professional artist, producing portraits of the gentry and undertaking commissions to paint animals.
This equestrian portrait is of a style fashionable in the first half of the 19th century with the horse and dog resting beneath a tree and the landscape falling away towards a settlement in the distance.
Hampshire Cultural Trust acknowledges with grateful thanks the assistance of the V&A Purchase Fund in the acquisition of this painting.
Oil on canvas.