Colonel Henry Campbell Shooting on a Moor (Primary Title)

Benjamin Marshall, English, 1767 - 1835 (Artist)

ca. 1806
oil on canvas
Unframed: 33 7/8 × 40 1/8 in. (86.04 × 101.92 cm)
Framed: 41 1/8 × 47 1/4 in. (104.46 × 120.02 cm)
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
Side-By-Side with Gun and Dog, National Sporting Library & Museum, MIddleburg, Virginia, September 25, 2015 - March 20, 2016

Gone Away: Gifts from the Estate of Paul Mellon, VMFA February 6 - September 29, 2002.
Pfeiffer, Claudia. Side-By-Side with Gun & Dog. Middleburg, Va.: National Sporting Library & Museum, 2015. Plate 7, color ill., p. 35.

Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 6 Période, Tome CXXXV, 1574 livraisons, March 2000, p. 58, b&w ill. no. 225.
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