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James Seymour, 1702–1752

Sir Roger Burgoyne Riding "Badger"

Former Title(s):

Sir Roger Buroyne Upon His Favourite Horse Badger, With His Bitch Juno [1978, Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings, catalogue]

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
48 7/8 x 69 inches (124.1 x 175.3 cm)

Inscribed, in artist's hand, in brown paint, lower left: "Sr Roger Burgoyne | Bart | Upon His Favorite | Horse Badger wth. His Bitch Juno."

Dated in brown paint, lower left: "1740" [in later hand?]

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | animals | bridle | column (architectural element) | dog (animal) | equestrian | hound (dog) | man | marble | portrait | riding boots | saddle | sculpture | sporting art | tricorne | water | whip
Associated People:
Burgoyne, Roger, sixth baronet (1710–1780), MP for Bedfordshire
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Sir Roger Burgoyne, sixth Baronet of Sutton, Bedfordshire (1710–1780), and member of Parliament for that county, is depicted riding his favorite hunting horse, Badger, on the grounds of his country estate. His beagle, Juno, leads the procession. The bulging Arabian eye and the high-crested neck of the horse were considered status symbols, and Burgoyne may have asked the painter to exaggerate these features in order to heighten his importance in the eyes of contemporary viewers. James Seymour was considered the preeminent painter of sporting pictures in Britain, a native artist whose meticulous style was unaffected by foreign influences.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

Man and the Horse (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984-12-03 - 1985-08-18) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Christie, Manson & Woods, Christie's sale catalogue : English pictures c.1700 - c.1850 : 17 March 1972, Christie's, London, March 17, 1972, pp. 34-35, Lot 123, fig. 123, Auction Catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Robert Colls, This sporting life : sport and liberty in England, 1760-1960, Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., 2020, p. 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. 202-203, N590.2 A83 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 44, no. 47, pl. 6, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard Wills, James Seymour, 1701-1752, London, 2023, p.191, NJ18 .Se95 W55 2023 (YCBA) Oversize [YCBA]

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