Photo credit: Biggar Museum Trust
This painting is signed lower right (slightly below and to the left of the tablet on the low mound). The other greyhound portrait, of 'Sunshine' https://bit.ly/3BrQ8oz in the same collection might be by the same artist and the signature on it looks clearer. A stab at a guess is that the name is McKersow, which is a rare but legitimate Scottish surname. The attached is a composite of the two portraits' signatures. It might also be that the name is McKerrow, which is more frequently to be found in Scotland.
Dr Marion Richards, Art Detective Manager has added: 'It looks to me like 'A. B. McKerrow 1856'.'
McKerrow / MacKerrow is common in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway (Ronald F. Black 'The Surnames of Scotland') Possibly an artist active in Kirkcudbright (pron. Kirr-koo-bray) at the end of 19th/early 20th c. Check with National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House (pron. Brochton).
For a youthful Alexander McKerrow artist see Family Tree Forum 1851 Scotland - 15 in the 1851 census whose son James Dickson McKerroch became an art master, and exhibited in Glasgow. Alexander was born in Douglas in June 1835
does the Museum know anything about the painting's previous ownership?
This greyhound was the winner of the Biggar St Leger in 1856, and owned by Susan Whitehead
The Greyhound Stud Book is on the internet, but the National Coursing Club was only founded in 1858
The greyhound was called Susan Whitehead and was owned by a Mr Paterson.
Bell's Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 12 October 1856 (attached)
"Mr Paterson's Susan Whitehead, by Wigan out the Pest, beat Mr Armistead's Albatross.."
Thank you so much for putting me straight!
Here’s an interesting article about the demise of the owner of ‘Susan Whitehead’, Robert Paterson, from ‘The Field, the Country Gentleman’s Newspaper’ of February 9, 1907.
I have attached part of an article in the ‘Cork Constitution’ (known at that time as the ‘The Constitution, or, Cork advertiser’) of May 16, 1857, that mentions both ‘Sunshine’ and ‘Susan Whitehead’. It states that the dogs were being auctioned (in Dublin on May 23, 1857) because the owners, Mr. Paterson and Mr. Swann, were “reliquishing Coursing”.