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THE 3RD EARL OF DARLINGTON (1766-1842) AND HIS FOXHOUNDS; AND THE BERKELEY HUNT: THOMAS OLDAKER (1751-1831) ON HIS FAVOURITE HORSE BRUSH

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AFTER BEN MARSHALL
THE 3RD EARL OF DARLINGTON (1766-1842) AND HIS FOXHOUNDS; AND THE BERKELEY HUNT: THOMAS OLDAKER (1751-1831) ON HIS FAVOURITE HORSE BRUSH
the former incorrectly inscribed 'Hampshire Hunt' (lower centre); the latter inscribed 'Berkley [sic] Hunt' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
16 1/8 x 24 in. (41 x 61 cm.); 18¼ x 23¾ in. (46.5 x 60.4 cm.)
a pair (2)
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The present pair derive from prints which were published as a pair in 1810. The 3rd Earl of Darlington, afterwards 1st Duke of Cleveland, of Raby Castle, was a keen amateur huntsman and master, and kept a pack at Raby. In 1826 a sporting commentator under the pseudonym Nimrod mentioned seeing Marshall's painting of The 3rd Earl of Darlington in the dining room at Raby.

Hounds have been kept at Berkeley since the 12th century, at first for staghunting, but since the 18th century for foxhunting. The Berkeley family still own the hounds and the kennels. One of the most celebrated huntsmen of the period, Thomas Oldaker was huntsman of the Berkeley Hunt for twenty six years, retiring in 1820.

Ben Marshall (1768-1835) was apprenticed to the portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbott (c.1760-1802), before setting up his own studio in London in 1795. He built up a strong sporting art practice, concentrating on hunting and racing subjects, and employing John Ferneley, Sen. (1782-1860) and Abraham Cooper (1786-1868) as pupils. In 1812, Marshall moved his studio to Newmarket, Suffolk, to capitalise further on the sporting market. Many of his paintings were engraved for The Sporting Magazine.
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