27 May 1999
John Best (fl.1750-1801)
A saddled bay hunter with a groom and hounds, in a lake landscape
signed 'J Best. Pinxit.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
28 x 36 in. (71.8 x 91.4 cm.)
Purchased in June 1934.
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