James Seymour Chestnut Horse with a Groom near Newmarket c.1730–40

Artwork details

Artist
James Seymour ?1702–1752
Title
Chestnut Horse with a Groom near Newmarket
Date c.1730–40
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 660 x 1045 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Miss Agnes Clarke 1978
Reference
T02265
Not on display

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This is a typical eighteenth-century portrait of a horse, accompanied by a groom. The horse is shown in profile, to show off its physique effectively. The landscape setting is relatively insignificant, although identifable as that of Newmarket (famous for its racecourse).

Seymour was one of the better-known animal painters of his time, although he was looked down on by the London art world

February 2010

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