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Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)
Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)
Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)
Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)
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PROPERTY OF THE LATE GEOFFREY AND THE HON. CAROLE LAWSON, STILEMANS, SURREY (LOTS 194 - 241)
Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)

The Essex Hunt, 1831: The Start of the Hunt at Matching Green; Full Cry from Leading Roothing to High Easter; Gone to Ground at Man Wood with a view of Hatfield Broad Oak beyond; and The Kill from Dunnon High Wood at Easton Lodge, the seat of the Right. Hon. Lord Maynard

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Dean Wolstenholme, Sen. (1757-1837)
The Essex Hunt, 1831: The Start of the Hunt at Matching Green; Full Cry from Leading Roothing to High Easter; Gone to Ground at Man Wood with a view of Hatfield Broad Oak beyond; and The Kill from Dunnon High Wood at Easton Lodge, the seat of the Right. Hon. Lord Maynard
oil on canvas
19 x 26 in. (48.3 x 66 cm.)
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Lot Essay

The Essex Hunt was founded in 1785 by Messrs. J. & D. Rounding. On their retirement as Masters in 1805, new boundaries were constituted and H.J. Conyers was appointed Master of the hunt. Conyers dedicated over 40 years to the hunt, and was a keen patron of the artist. However, the original set of four paintings, of which the present works are autograph replicas, were commissioned by a Mr Thomas Hodgson, who is included in the members depicted, together with his brothers John and the Reverend Henry, rector of Debden. Although there is no key to the set, portraits at the meet are said to include Conyers, the Reverend J. Arkwright on the grey, Lord Petre and Mr Beale Colvin of Pishobury.

The set was also engraved in 1831 by Dean Wolstenholme Junior (1798-1882) and several versions exist by both Senior and Junior. The Essex Hunt was particularly fashionable in the nineteenth century given its close proximity to London; then, as today, it lay across Essex about 35 miles north to south, and 21 miles in breadth from east to west. Another version of this set was sold from the property of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund; Christie's, London, 19 May 2006, lot 6. (£30,000 incl. premium).

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