Noble, a Hunter Well-Known in Kent (Primary Title)
Colonel Henry Campbell Shooting on a Moor (Alternate Title)
Benjamin Marshall, English, 1767 - 1835 (Artist)
In this work, Marshall depicts an unidentified man riding Noble, a horse used in hunting. The horse’s gray coat stands out against a rugged natural landscape. Noble surveys a hunt taking place in the distance and is poised to spring into action. Paintings such as this show that portraits of horses were not reserved only for racehorses. At the time, hunters like Noble were normally three-quarters or seven-eighths thoroughbred, and able to provide enough speed and endurance to carry a rider over long distances.
2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019
"Side-By-Side with Gun and Dog," National Sporting Library & Museum, MIddleburg, Virginia, September 25, 2015 - March 20, 2016
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