John Campbell, 2nd Marquis of Breadalbane (1796-1862) was the son of the 4th Earl and 1st Marquis of Breadalbane by Mary daughter of David Gavin. He was Member of Parliament for Oakhampton from 1820-1826 and in 1832, after the passing of the Reform Bill, he was elected Member of Parliament for the county of Perth. In 1834 on the death of his father he became a Member of the House of Lords, where he held the office of Lord Chamberlain from 1848-1852 and again from 1853-1858. He was a strong supporter of the Church of Scotland in their contest with the civil courts and when the Free Church was set up, he became one of its staunchest supporters. In 1842 Queen Victoria visited his seat at Taymouth Castle, one of the first visits she paid in Scotland. In 1842 he married Eliza, eldest daughter of George Baille of Jerviswood. He died in Lausanne on 8 November 1862.
Landseer was a frequent guest of the Marquis of Breadalbane and in 1847 Landseer exhibited at the Royal Academy The Drive- Shooting deer on the pass; Scene in the Black Mount, Glen Urchy Forest, which depicts a drive through one of the high passes in Blackmount, Argyll, the home of the Marquis.
The study of the Marquis of Breadalbane with his game keeper relates closely to a drawing of the Marquis which was sold at Christie's, London, 11 July 1972, lot 23, part of an album of 93 drawings, mainly by Landseer from the collection of Lady Ida Louis Tankerville, daughter of the 6th Earl of Tankerville.