John Nost Sartorius The Earl of Darlington Fox-Hunting with the Raby Pack: Drawing Cover 1805

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Artist
Title
The Earl of Darlington Fox-Hunting with the Raby Pack: Drawing Cover
Date 1805
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 705 x 908 mm
frame: 807 x 1012 x 69 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Reference
T02368
Not on display

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This is one of four scenes recording episodes of a foxhunt from the commencement, shown here, to the Death. The 3rd Earl of Darlington (later 1st Duke of Cleveland) figures prominently in each scene; he is portrayed in the centre foreground of this view. The Earl was passionately devoted to hunting: in the season 1804-5, during which this series was painted, he records hunting for ninety-one days in all, killing forty-nine foxes.
Sartorius was one of a family of sporting artists, all of whom painted in a similar, somewhat naive style. Despite his relatively unsophisticated technique, Sartorius's meticulous attention to detail appealed to sport-loving patrons like the Earl of Darlington.

August 2004

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