Sando Bodo (Hungary/Tennessee, 1920-2013), oil on canvas, titled "Hunt Scene: Hillsboro Hunt Meet at Maple Grove Farm." Depicts a gathering of the Hillsboro Hounds with several fox hunters on horseback, including two gentlemen in the foreground identified as Guilford Dudley and Dr. Garth Fort, in front of John Sloan's Brentwood, Tennessee mansion. Signed "S. Bodo" lower right and dated "1973". Parcel gilt molded frame with linen liner. Sight – 29 5/8" H x 47 5/8" W. Framed – 36" H x 54" W. Note: The Hillsboro Hounds is a hunt club formed in 1932 and still active today. For decades, the group traditionally gathered for a Blessing of the Hounds on the lawn of Maple Grove, home of prominent Brentwood, TN businessman John Sloan (a principal in the Cain-Sloan Department Store). Provenance: The Estate of Jane Dudley, Nashville, TN and Palm Beach, FL. Social icon Jane Dudley was the founder of one of the South's most prestigious charity events, the Swan Ball, benefiting Cheekwood. She traveled the world as the wife of U.S. Ambassador to Denmark, Guilford Dudley, with whom she shared a landmark Nashville estate, Northumberland, until his death in 2002. Artist biography: Sandor Bodo was born in Hungary and studied at the School of Applied Arts in Budapest. Accused of political instigation, he was jailed in 1954 but freed 2 years later during the Hungarian Revolution. He fled with his young family to the United States, and was resettled in Washington, DC by Calvary Baptist Church. There he was commissioned by the American Hungarian Reformed Federation to make small bronze plaques of their past presidents. The family eventually moved to Nashville, where Bodo took a job as illustrator and commercial artist with the Baptist Sunday School board. He also lived near an area known for equestrian events and painted several hunt scenes. In 1971, Guilford Dudley, who enjoyed both hunting and painting, invited Bodo to participate in a joint exhibition to be held at the Embassy residence in Copenhagen. Several of his equestrian works were exhibited at this event. Bodo went on to create many paintings and medallions commemorating historical events and work on many restoration projects including The Hermitage, Home of Andrew Jackson. His works were also exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio; the Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis; the Smithsonian Institute, and the National Arts Club in New York City, where he won a gold medal for painting in 1966.(Source: Ilona Bodo, Hungarian Heritage Review, vol. XX, 1991; Artprice). CONDITION: Scattered flyspecks to sky area, a few scattered miniscule flakes, light craquelure, a few small light stains to linen liner.
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