The Melton Hunt Going to Draw the Ram's Head Cover (Primary Title)

Sir Francis Grant, Scottish, 1803-1878 (Artist)

1839
Scottish
oil on canvas
Unframed: 35 15/16 × 60 in. (91.28 × 152.4 cm)
Framed: 41 × 65 in. (104.14 × 165.1 cm)
85.494.1
Not on view
See Also "Key and backing to "The Melton Hunt Going to Draw the Ram's Head Cover"" (85.494.2)
Grant was one of only two sporting artists who were elected president of the Royal Academy; the other was Sir Alfred Munnings in the 20th century. This complex painting should be considered an accomplished portrait of an era as well as of a particular group – the fashionable Quorn Hunt of Melton Mowbray, famous for its foxhunting. Hugely admired upon its exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1839, this picture was promptly purchased at a high price by the Duke of Wellington, the elder statesman and hero of the Napoleonic Wars.
Not inscribed.
Paul Mellon Collection
2018: "Country Life: Masterpieces from the Mellon Collection of MVFA", Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, France, September 4 - December 2, 2018

2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019
Donna Pulese-Murphy, “Winner’s Circle,” Victorian Homes magazine, April 2008, Vol. 27. No.2, p. 22, color ill.

Cormack, Malcolm. Country Pursuits: British, American, and French Sporting Art from the Mellon Collections in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 2007. (cat. no. 54, pp. 228-31)
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