Robert G. Wehle (1920-2002) Retriever Bust signed "R. Wehle" on back of head bronze, 12 by 10 1/2 by 6 in. inscribed "11/30" on back of head edition 11 of 30
Robert G. Wehle bred champion pointers from 1936 until his death in 2002 at the famed Elhew Kennels in Upstate New York. Wehle was the son of Louis A. Wehle, chairman of the Genesee Brewing Company, and brother of John L. Wehle, founder of the Genesee Country Museum. He was an avid conservationist, with land he preserved as parks bearing his name in New York and Alabama. In New York, the park includes his artist's studio.
During his lifetime, Wehle exhibited his bronzes at the William Secord Gallery. His bronze of Champion Elhew's Snakefoot can be found at the National Bird Dog Museum in Tennessee, and a retrospective exhibition of his bronzes was held at the Ann Rudd Art Center in Alabama in 2009.
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