"A Run with Mr. James Drake Brockman's hounds at Beachborough, Kent"; "Leaving the Kennels, Underhill, Shornecliff"; "Going to Cover"; "Full Cry"; "The Death"; and "The Return Home".
Oil on canvas
Five variously signed and dated: "J.N. Sartorius pinxit 1792"
Canvas: 19.75" x 24"
Framed: 26.5" x 30 1/2"
Provenance: James Drake Brockman, Beachborough, Kent and by descent until 1934.
The Sartorius family of painters spanned three generations and enjoyed immense popularity for their renderings of racing and hunting scenes. John Nost Sartorius has been described as the most gifted painter of the family, and he and his father Francis the elder were extremely successful and received many commissions for their equine portraits. He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1778 and 1824, and a great number of his paintings were engraved. His patrons consisted of the aristocracy and landed gentry, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Derby, Lord Foley, and Charles James Fox.
James Drake Brockman commissioned this set of six scenes of the hunt. He was the High Sheriff of County Kent, and married to Catherine Tatton in 1786. Their wedding portraits were painted by Thomas Gainsborough, and are in the collection of the Royal Academy. Brockman was a member of the hunt of East Kent, a heavily wooded and challenging landscape in which to hunt, and his family continued to play a significant role in its development into the twentieth century.