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Overview

Benjamin Marshall exhibited this portrait of J. G. Shaddick at the Royal Academy in 1806. Very little is known about Shaddick besides the fact that he embarked on a lengthy hunting tour in Britain the year the painting was exhibited. In fact, Marshall’s portrait may commemorate this event. Standing in a field after a successful hunt, Shaddick holds his trophy—a male pheasant—in triumph, surrounded by his shooting horse and two hunting dogs. Marshall was a well known painter of both portraits and sporting subjects, with such prestigious patrons as the Prince of Wales. Like his fellow artist George Stubbs, Marshall studied equine anatomy to achieve a greater sense of realism in his paintings.

Provenance

Possibly Mr. Payne, Walton-on-Thames.[1] (sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 28 February 1891, no. 78); (Vokins). E.M. Denny, London; (his estate sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, 31 March 1906, no. 41); (Vokins).[2] Viscount Enfield. Earl of Stratford, Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire. A.S. Cochran, London;[3] (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 13 February 1920, no. 144); Basil Lewis Dighton, Esq. [d. 1930], London, until at least 1922.[4] Arthur S. Vernay, London, by 1927 until at least 1938.[5] C. Frederick C. Stout, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, by 1941.[6] (M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York), in 1965.[7] Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; bequest 1999 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1806
Annual Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1806, no. 292.
1938
Sporting Paintings from 1700 to 1937, Museum of Modern Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1938, unnumbered brochure, repro. on cover.
1941
Outdoor England, The Century Club, New York, 1941, no. 8.
Bibliography
1922
Country Life (Supplement to 15 July 1922): liii, repro.
1948
"A Ben Marshall Picture." Apollo (June 1948): 142.
1978
Noakes, Aubrey. Ben Marshall 1768-1835. Leigh-on-Sea, 1978: 38, no. 85.