Richard Barrett Davis
Meet of the Royal Buckhounds on Ascot Heath, 1847
Signed and dated R. B. Davis 1847 (ll); remnants of inscriptions on old paper labels affixed to the stretcher. One label reads: ...Granville - Master of.../R. B. Davis/9 Bedford Place, Kensington
Oil on canvas
48 1/4 x 71 5/8 inches (122.5 x 182 cm)
Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville (presented as a presentation piece by the artist)
Arthur Ackermann & Son, Inc., of London and Chicago, New York
London, The Royal Academy, The Seventy-Ninth Exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1847, no. 575, as The Royal Hunt, at their Meet, on Ascot Heath
Granville Leveson-Gower was the appointed Master of the Buckhounds by Lord John Russell. The scene, on Ascot Heath, depicts Charles Davis (brother of the artist and Huntsman of the Royal Hunt) on "Lincoln", a favourite gray; on "Corn Law" is Robert Bartlett, first whipper-in; Harry King rides "Postmaster-General"; J. Freeman is on "Traverser" and, at right, stands George Bartlett, the feeder.
C Estate of Percy Rivington and Evelyn Sloane Pyne
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