Eques­trian De­lights

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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.

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