Mr. Gully.From the Original Picture in the Possesion of Sir H. Smith Bar.t.
Proof mezzotint, very rare with large margins. Platemark: 645 x 440mm (25¼ x 17¼"). Creases to sheet. Unexamined out of frame.
A full length portrait of John Gully (1783-1863), prizefighter, racehorse fancier, politician, and MP for Pontefract. He is dressed as a regency gentleman and stands to the right of a large classical statue of two wrestlers. It was said that before Gully became a boxer, he was a professional wrestler, as well as training race horses at Danebury, winner of the Derby three times and many other races. One account also adds that he had two wives and twenty four children. After Benjamin Marshall (1768-1835) who, in 1791 at the age of twenty three, went to London to study under the portrait painter, Lemuel Francis Abbott. Painting both people and horses, Marshall quickly attracted a number of influential patrons including the Prince of Wales and the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. He exhibited thirteen paintings at the Royal Academy between 1800 and 1829, and became a renowned horse-painter, most probably influenced by George Stubbs whose Anatomy of the Horse (see ref: 5777) he is known to have studied.
Whitman: 241; See Siltzer: 326.
[Ref: 33420] £650.00