This hunting scene shows the moment just before the kill: the fox is cornered
by the hounds, for the winding river on the left leaves no way out. The Flemish painter Tillemans was one of the first artists to produce sporting pictures in Britain. Scenes of hunting and racing
were to become a stock subject in
British art. The idea of ordinary men
and wealthy landowners working
in harmony with their dogs and horses provides an enduring, and to many people reassuring, ideal of country life.