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Pollard was particularly adept at painting expansive views teeming with lively figures and animals. In the forefront of this scene, wearing the sky-blue livery of the Hatfield Hunt, is the Dowager Marchioness of Salisbury. She was a most enthusiastic sportswoman even in her later years: she is shown here at the age of seventy-three, peering through an eyeglass mounted on the top of her whip.
Pollard had a prolific output of racing, hunting and coaching scenes. He was a skilled engraver and a large proportion of his work was intended for publication in print form, a fact reflected in the meticulous detail and decorative quality of his compositions.

September 2004