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.
Possibly Mr. Payne, Walton-on-Thames. (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). Viscount Enfield. Earl of Stratford, Wrotham Park, Barnet, Hertfordshire. A.S. Cochran, London; (his sale, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, 13 February 1920, no. 144); Basil Lewis Dighton, Esq. [d. 1930], London, until at least 1922. Arthur S. Vernay, London, by 1927 until at least 1938. C. Frederick C. Stout, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, by 1941. (M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York), in 1965. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, Upperville, Virginia; bequest 1999 to NGA.
- Annual Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1806, no. 292.
- Sporting Paintings from 1700 to 1937, Museum of Modern Art Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1938, unnumbered brochure, repro. on cover.
- Outdoor England, The Century Club, New York, 1941, no. 8.
- Country Life (Supplement to 15 July 1922): liii, repro.
- "A Ben Marshall Picture." Apollo (June 1948): 142.
- Noakes, Aubrey. Ben Marshall 1768-1835. Leigh-on-Sea, 1978: 38, no. 85.