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John Wootton, 1682–1764
Preparing for the Hunt
Former Title(s):
Hunting Party
ca. 1745
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
47 x 49 inches (119.4 x 124.5 cm)

Signed, center right on staircase: "J. Wooton|Pinx"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
architecture | art | birds | breeches (trousers) | conversation piece | costume | country house | dogs (animals) | dwelling | equestrian | formal gardens | fountains | gardens | genre subject | horses (animals) | hounds (dogs) | hunter | hunting | landowners | leaders | men | Neo-Classical | party | paths | portrait | preparation | preparing | redingote (overcoat) | riding boots | riding habit | ruffle | sculpture | shoes (footwear) | sporting art | stairs | statues | stockings | tricornes | urn | viewers | waistcoat (main garment) | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Sidesaddle, 1690-1935 (National Sporting Library and Museum, 2018-09-07 - 2019-03-24) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Art in Focus: John Goto's High Summer (Yale Center for British Art, 2018-04-06 - 2018-08-19) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Noble Exercise - The Sporting Ideal in Eighteenth-Century British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-07-14 - 1982-09-19) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Conversation Piece - Arthur Devis & His Contemporaries (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-10-01 - 1980-11-30) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

The Pursuit of Happiness - A View of Life in Georgian England (Yale Center for British Art, 1977-04-19 - 1977-09-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Art in Focus : John Goto's 'High Summer', Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2018, p. 18, Vertical File V2770 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, pp. 22, 371, GV706.35 .C65 2020 (LC) YCBA [ORBIS]

Malcolm Cormack, Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 260-261, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Ellen G. D'Oench, The Conversation Piece: Arthur Devis & his contemporaries, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 5, 71, cat. no. 53, NJ18 D5151 D64 OVERSIZE [ORBIS]

Stephen Deuchar, Noble exercise : the sporting ideal in eighteenth-century British art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1982, pp. 15, 42, no. 26, ND1388 G7 D48+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 28, no. 30, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Penelope McElwee, The non-representation of the agricultural labourers in 18th and 19th century English paintings : an exploration into the artistic conventions followed by the aristocracy and landowning classes in representations of the agricultural labourers ..., Newcastle upon Tyne, 2016, pp. 12-13, 88, fig. 1-2, NX650.L32 M34 2016 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, p. 5 (v.1)..., No. 13, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 62, 127, no. 145, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, p. 62 (v.1), no. 230, pl. 74, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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