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Lord Portmore Watching Racehorses at Exercise on Newmarket Heath – John Wootton ~1753

John Wootton  (1682 – 1764 )  from the Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection

Detail: boy, dog, horse, racing, gentleman’s clothing, sport, jockey cap

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  1. The main Patron of this painter was a Lord Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford.(2nd June 1689/16th June 1741). At his old house, Wimpole, Cambridgeshire, England, you can find may similar paintings as well as nearly full size paintings of horses. Currently a National Trust property and open to the public with the collection available on line.

  2. I am curious about the three horses in the center ground wearing hoods that cover their ears up, was this to protect them from flies? What was the purpose?

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