Benjamin Marshall
Emilius ?1824

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Benjamin Marshall 1768–1835
Date ?1824
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1010 x 1264 mm
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Not on display

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This portrait of a victorious racehorse, shown beside the Newmarket course, is typical of the numerous scenes of the Turf that were Marshall's main output. Emilius, a bay colt foaled in 1820, had a short but successful racing career, winning the Derby in 1823.
Like many sporting artists, Marshall was himself an enthusiastic sportsman and was also a racing correspondent for the 'Sporting Magazine'. He was born in Leicestershire but from 1812-1825 he lived and worked near Newmarket, where, he claimed, 'I discover many a man who will pay me fifty guineas for painting his horse, who thinks ten giuneas too much for painting his wife'.

September 2004

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