John Wootton George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Litchfield, and his Uncle the Hon. Robert Lee, Subsequently 4th Earl of Litchfield, Shooting in ‘True Blue’ Frock Coats 1744

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Artist
John Wootton ?1682–1764
Title
George Henry Lee, 3rd Earl of Litchfield, and his Uncle the Hon. Robert Lee, Subsequently 4th Earl of Litchfield, Shooting in ‘True Blue’ Frock Coats
Date 1744
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 2038 x 2451 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1933
Reference
N04679
Not on display

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Wootton was greatly admired in his time for his landscapes, battle-scenes and sporting pictures. His abilities are well displayed in this large picture, where the imaginary landscape is not merely the backdrop to a sporting scene but becomes the dominant feature of the composition.
The 'true blue' coats of the main sitters were worn by supporters of 'Bonnie Prince Charlie' and show them to be Jacobite sympathisers. However the Earl, shown in the centre on a chestnut horse, prudently avoided involvement in the last Jacobite uprising of 1745, the year after this painting was completed.

September 2004

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