Two outstanding paintings have recently gone on display on long-term loan in the Packard Galleries at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, Newmarket. Both from private collections, they have rarely been on public display before. Jenison Shafto's racehorse Snap, held by Thomas Jackson, joins seven other paintings by the famous 18th century artist George Stubbs in the Packard Galleries, which displays a selection of the finest sporting artworks in Britain. This painting shows Stubbs' work in the early stages of his career experimenting still with form, but showing that expert knowledge and dexterity with which he became renowned. Also take a look at the Portrait
of Colonel Thornton, Marquess Dupont (1757-1823) of Thornville Royal, Yorkshire. This important portrait represents one of the most colourful sportsmen of his generation. Colonel Thornton (self-styled Prince of Chambord and Marquess Dupont) was a dedicated huntsman, as well as a racing, shooting, angling, hawking and hunting enthusiast and a patron of sporting art. He was one of the first to investigate the sporting possibilities of the Scottish Highlands and published ‘A Sporting Tour through the Northern Parts of England and Great Part of the Highlands of Scotland,' in 1804. Find out about this, plus other collections to see at palacehousenewmarket.co.uk.