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Ben Marshall  1767 - 1835
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Ben Marshall 1767 - 1835

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Captain Barrington Price with his favourite hunter outside Beckett House, Shrivenham, Berkshire, with his brother Major Price on the portico; a groom holding "Sailor" beyond


Oil painting on canvas 40 x 50 inches, signed and dated 1804, and contained in a fine Georgian carved and gilt frame


Provenance: By descent to T. Price esq until 1893; Sir Walter Gilbey (his sale, “Removed from Cambridge House, Regent's Park”, Christies, 12.3.1910, lot 114, bought Agnew for £73.10s); Percy Pyne esq., of Long Island by 1933, and thence by descent until 1996; with Lane Fine Art, London by whom sold to private collector in London


Literature: Listed in Aubrey Noakes' "Ben Marshall" (Leigh on Sea 1978) number 69 page 36.


Painted in 1804 according to Noakes and Gilbey


Benjamin Marshallwas born at Seagrave in Leicestershire. He worked initially as a schoolmaster, and seems not to have taken up painting until about 1790. He was introduced in the following year to William Pochin Esq., the local member of parliament, who in turn introduced him to his first Master, the portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbot. Marshall's progress was rapid, and by the middle of the 1790's he was being patronised by HRH The Prince of Wales. Marshall was at his artistic peak in the years 1798 to 1810, and the paintings produced from his brush during this period rank with the very greatest works of the English School of animal painting. The present painting is entirely typical of his dramatic use of local colour and vivid drawing.


The present Shrivenham House, built 1831, still stands and is today the campus of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, which is a military and academic community providing postgraduate education in strategy, leadership, management and the application of technology to defence. It is part of Cranfield University.

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