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Richard (1767) Jones (1767 - 1840)

Lot 34: RICHARD JONES (1767-1840)


June 1, 2001
New York, NY, US

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Going out; Finding; Coursing; The Death painted circa 1821 oil on canvas 14 x 183/4 in. (35.6 x 47.6 cm.) a set of four (4) PROVENANCE collection of John, 4th Marquess of Bute (1881-1947). then by descent until 1999. NOTES Coursing hares with greyhounds is an ancient sport which gained renewed popularity in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century with the foundation of clubs such as Lord Orford's at Swaffham (1776), the Ashdown Park Club (1780), the Newmarket Society (1805) and the Altcar Club (1825). This painting was in the collection of John, 4th Marquess of Bute and descended in his family until 1999. The Marquess, with the help of his agent Major Francis Hervey, formed an outstanding and very personal collection of sporting paintings in the second half of the 1920s and the first half of the 1930s. It covered many aspects of sporting art, including racing, hunting, and coaching pictures, by the finest masters from Wootton onwards. Among the artists represented in the Bute Collection are Tillemans, Marshall, Morland, Towne, Gilpin, Herring, Pollard and Ferneley. Richard Jones painted a variety of subjects including sporting scenes, animals and portraits. In many of his works, he paid great attention to the importance of the landscape setting. He spent his early career in Reading and then moved to London, where he became a friend of the sporting artist Abraham Cooper. By 1824, he had moved to Louth, Lincolnshire, and by 1830 he was living and working near Birmingham. Jones exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1818 and 1820 and at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists between 1832 and 1835. In 1821, four coursing subjects were engraved by Charles Turner for Ackermann's Repository of Arts. In 1825, he painted Lord Yarborough's racehorse, Brocklesby Betty, and his portrait of Lady, the Birmingham trotting mare was engraved by C. Hunt in 1838. The work of Richard Jones is represented in the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

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June 1, 2001, 12:00 AM EST

New York, NY, US