Richard "Dick" Bullard was a horse dealer and friend of the artist's. Munnings discusses their friendship: 'Among my many Norwich acquaintances was one Richard Bullard, a dealer in horses, and a character. He and I were the same age. His wife, Bessy, had the money; she was the daughter of a farmer of means. Financed in this way, he made a career with the help of a certain captain. The captain found the customers and Bullard the horses. ... Now in those days Bullard plied a small trade in stables at Old Catton, just outside the city, and it was there that I paid him thirty-five guineas for a dark-brown six-year-old mare, fifteen hands three inches high and with a cock tail. ... A more willing or sounder creature never lived. I wonder I never rode the animal off her legs' (see Sir A. Munnings, An Artist's Life, London, 1950, pp.183-84).