Oil on canvas, 40” x 53 1⁄2”
Lady Ruth Forest Dods Currie was married to Sir William Crawford Currie of Dinton Hall, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Sir William served as director of Peninsula & Oriental and British India Steam Navigation Companies and was bestowed the Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1925. He was made High Sherriff of Buckinghamshire in 1946. Sir William and Lady Ruth’s two sons, James Ballantyne “Hamish” Currie and William “Bill” Mackinnon Currie, are depicted as spirited youths riding fearlessly alongside their mother while Lady Currie can be seen wearing a look of trepidation as she sneaks a glance at her younger son. Lady Ruth’s equestrian interest was not limited to the hunting field; she also owned several notable steeplechasers. Bill and Hamish both became lieutenants in the British Army. Bill served with the 45th Indian Cavalry Regiment, and Hamish served with the 4th Tank Battalion Grenadier Guards where he was awarded the Military Cross.