Henri G Reynard – a pseudoym for Fox?

 

Question:  “I have several prints by Henri G. Reynard. I know there was a question at one time if this is a Fox pseudonym. Has it been established that it is a Fox? I picked up many prints back in the late 80’s for under $20. All have nice ornate blue band frames.”

Answer: Reynard has never been proven to be a Fox pseudonym. 

During the early years of the “Fox Hunt”, Fox collectors thought Henry Reynard may well be a pseudonym for R. Atkinson Fox.  Quoting from Rita Mortenson’s (1991) reference book on R. Atkinson Fox, His Life & Work “Speculation among Fox Hunters has been high because of a series of coincidences:  Reynard was, of course, the name of the classic fairly-tale fox; RAF’s father’s name was Henry; and (Fox’s son) admitted to me that this was just the kind of humorous trick his father would have enjoyed.  Some people consider the work of Reynard and Fox so similar that they had to have been done by the same man… (including).. similarity in signature styles.”

However, there have been scenes that were signed Reynard that do not resemble Fox’s work, and there has been no connection between the two artists resulting in the conclusion that Reynard is indeed an actual artist.

 

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  1. Thanks Mark, we added this information to the site…

    During the early years of the “Fox Hunt”, Fox collectors thought Henry Reynard may well be a pseudonym for R. Atkinson Fox.

    Quoting from Rita Mortenson’s (1991) reference book on R. Atkinson Fox, His Life & Work “Speculation among Fox Hunters has been high because of a series of coincidences: Reynard was, of course, the name of the classic fairly-tale fox; RAF’s father’s name was Henry; and (Fox’s son) admitted to me that this was just the kind of humorous trick his father would have enjoyed. Some people consider the work of Reynard and Fox so similar that they had to have been done by the same man… (including).. similarity in signature styles.” However, there have been scenes that were signed Reynard that do not resemble Fox’s work, and there has been no connection between the two artists resulting in the conclusion that Reynard is indeed an actual artist.

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