Francis Wheatley, R.A. (1747–1801) (After)
"The Return From Shooting"
Engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A. (1727–1815)
and Samuel Alken (1756-1815)
Early (original?) hand colouring
Published, Colnaghi & Co, London, 1803 (in this state)
50 cm x 64.3 cm (Image)
56 cm x 70 cm (Framed)
Lettered with the title "The Return From Shooting" beneath the image and "Painted by F Wheatley R.A." (lower left) & "Engraved by F Bartolozzi R.A., the Landscape by S Alken" (lower right). Framed seemingly with the loss of the publication line (though unexamined out of the frame).
A very imposing print of the famous conversation piece by Wheatley (sometimes referred to as of "The Second Duke of Newcastle and a Shooting Party") painted in 1788 and now in Sheffield Art Gallery. The subjects depicted on horseback are, on the left, His Grace Henry Pelham-Clinton, 2nd Duke of Newcastle (1720-1794) beside him is his friend Colonel John Litchfield (1716-1799) in the centre, holding a rifle, the Duke's head gamekeeper William Mansell (1746-1806), is standing centre right, without a hat holding a game bird. The party, including two other servants and various dogs, are returning from a hunting trip with quantities of game. The Duke's home Clumber Park can be seen in the distance. Among the dogs depicted are four Clumber Spaniels (to the right), a breed promoted by the Duke of Newcastle and refined by William Mansell (two of the men whose images appear in the picture).
The first state of this print was issued in 1792 with the Duke wearing the Garter Star on the left breast of his coat. The print was reissued in this state in 1803 with this detail removed, the dedication line to the Duke of Newcastle altered and the Pelham-Clinton family crest expunged so that it might be seen as a more general sporting print.
See British Museum 1866,1114.498, Royal Collection RCIN 659937 etc
Authentically presented in an antique Hogarth style frame. Framed to the edge of the print. (Some losses to the gilded beading to the edges of the frame).
F.L. Wilder "English Sporting Prints (With 95 Colour Plates)", London, Thames & Hudson, 1974, where Paul Mellon's copy of the 1792 state is illustrated Plate 65, p.154.
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