Charles, 2nd Earl of Talbot, K.G. (1777-1849) was appinted Viceroy of Ireland on the retirement of Lord Whitworth and held that post until 1821. He was also Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire and a Knight of the Garter. He married Frances Thomasine Lambart, eldest daughter of Charles Lambart, of Bau Parc, Co. Meath, in 1800.
This picture is related to Ansdell's The Waterloo Cup Coursing Meeting dated 1840 (Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool) which shows the greyhound coursing championship held annually at the Earl of Sefton's estate at Altcar, near Liverpool. In The Waterloo Cup, Earl Talbot is shown on the right in identical pose and clothes and on the same dark bay hunter. The poses of the greyhounds have also been repeated though they have been brought closer together. Earl Talbot was a keen enthusiast of coursing in the early Victorian period, together with Lord Eglinton, Lord Stradbroke and Lord Douglas (who aslo appeared in the Waterloo Cup).
A similarly composed portrait of the sitter by Ansdell, of almost identical size, signed and dated 1841, was recorded in the collection of the Marquess of Lothian. The Talbot and Lothian families were closely connected by marriage. Charles, 2nd Earl of Talbot's daughter, Cecil, married John, Marquess of Lothian, in 1831 and his grand-daughter, Constance, married William, 8th Marquess of Lothian in 1857.