T02371 THE EARL OF DARLINGTON FOXHUNTING WITH THE RABY PACK: THE DEATH ? 1804–5
Oil on canvas, 28 × 36 (71.2 × 91.5)
Presented by Mr Paul Mellon KBE through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Prov., Exh. and Lit: as for T02368.
In each of these four scenes [T02368, T02369, T02370, T02371], the Earl of Darlington is the most prominent figure. William Harry Vane, 3rd Earl of Darlington, and from 1827 1st Duke of Cleveland (1766–1842), was passionately devoted to hunting. For nearly fifty years he kept hounds at Raby Castle, acting as his own huntsman and hunting a vast stretch of land from south Yorkshire to Northumberland. In 1818 he successfully opposed plans for the first Stockton to Darlington railway on the grounds that it would cut across his coverts, withdrawing his opposition only when the line was diverted…