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The strange scale of the horse and figures in the foreground, as well as the background landscape give insights into the world of early 19th-century racing.
The painting is one of several paintings by Barenger at Brodsworth Hall which relate to the early days of John Theobald’s interest in horse racing and breeding. He went on to have one of the most successful commercial studs of the 1830s and 1840s.
English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
oil on canvas
H 70 x W 89 cm
purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990