Noble, a Hunter Well-Known in Kent (Primary Title)

Benjamin Marshall, English, 1767 - 1835 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Framed: 48 1/2 × 58 1/2 in. (123.19 × 148.59 cm)
Not on view

The Game Act, passed by the English Parliament in 1671, restricted game hunting to only the wealthiest landowners. Such limitations ensured a plentiful supply of game; landowners employed gamekeepers to watch over their land and handed out stiff punishments for poaching. Here Marshall depicts landowner Colonel Henry Campbell shooting on a northern moor. The Campbell family was known for their well-trained “Kingston” breed of pointers, as evidenced by the dog in the left foreground that is correctly “backing off” the quarry so as not to get too far ahead of the rest of the party.


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

"Side-By-Side with Gun and Dog," National Sporting Library & Museum, MIddleburg, Virginia, September 25, 2015 - March 20, 2016
Donna Pulese-Murphy, “Winner’s Circle,” Victorian Homes magazine, April 2008, Vol. 27. No.2, p. 22, color ill. p. 23.

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. 44, pp. 200-01)
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