Shooting: Partridge Shooting (Primary Title)

Samuel John Egbert Jones, English, active 1820 - 1855 (Artist)

ca. 1845
oil on panel
17 1/2 x 17 3/4 in./framed 14 x 17 3/4 in./unframed (44.4 x 45.1 cm./framed 35.5 x 45.1 cm./unframed cm)
Little is known of Jones’s life; his work was chiefly recognized through engravings that were popular with sporting enthusiasts. These four scenes present a more casual approach to hunting that flourished after Parliament relaxed the Game Acts, allowing more people greater access to hunting grounds. Later, in the Victorian period, hunts became much more elaborate events with large hunting groups, beaters (aides who helped drive game toward the hunters by making noise and disturbing shrubbery), carriage parties, and extravagant meals.
Not signed.
Engraved in aquatint by H. Pyall, published by Hollyer in 1845.
Paul Mellon Collection
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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