Oil on canvas, 42” x 57”
Signed and dated ‘J. Ferneley Melton Mowbray 1853’
Lord Robert Grosvenor, Late Baron Ebury (1801-1893)
Arthur Ackerman & Son, Ltd., London and New York
Schaeffer collection, sale Parke-Bernet, New York, May 8, 1941, lot 55
The late Mrs. Lydia B. Mann, U.S.A.
Christie’s, New York, Sporting Art, June 1, 2001, lot 42.
The Grosvenor family were great patrons of the Turf who
often hunted with the Quorn and were enthusiastic supporters
of John Ferneley Sr. over many years. Among his earliest
commissions from Lord Belgrave (later Earl Grosvenor and 1st
Marquess of Westminster) were The Belvoir Hunt, 1827, and
The Cheshire Hunt, 1828 (both in the collection of the Duke
of Westminster), which show various members of the Grosvenor
family. Grosvenor was a successful horse breeder, producing
horses such as Pantaloon and Satirist (both horses are featured
in lots 23 and 26, respectively).
This Jacobean house at Moor Park, near Rickmansworth in
Hertfordshire, was rebuilt by the Venetian architect Giacomo
Leoni circa 1720 for Benjamin Styles, a director of the South
Sea Company. After being owned by the naval hero Lord Anson
and the banker Sir Laurence Dundas in the eighteenth century,
in 1828 it was bought by Robert, 2nd Earl Grosvenor, later 1st
Marquess of Westminster (1767–1845).