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Benjamin Marshall, 1768–1835

John Hilton, Judge of the Course at Newmarket; John Fuller, Clerk of the Course; and John Stevens, a Trainer

Former Title(s):

Three Worthies of the Turf at Newmarket, c. 1804: John Hilton, Judge of the Course, John Fuller, Clerk of the Course and John Stevens, a Trainer

ca. 1804
Oil on canvas
19 1/4 x 15 1/4 inches (48.9 x 38.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
costume | horses (animals) | men | portrait | racing | riding
Associated Places:
England | Europe | Newmarket | Suffolk | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

This sketch represents three prominent personalities at Newmarket Racecourse, then, as now, the most prestigious racecourse in the world. From left to right they are: John Hilton, the respected judge of Newmarket races from 1776 until his retirement in 1806; John Fuller, Clerk of the Course; and John Stevens, a prominent trainer. The sketch was commissioned from Benjamin Marshall by Augustus Henry Fitzroy, third Duke of Grafton (1735–1811), a prominent Whig politician and former prime minister. The duke was a noted racing enthusiast with a successful record of breeding and training horses.

Gallery label for installation of YCBA collection, 2016

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 196, no. 207, pl. 25 (color), ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Aubrey Noakes, Ben Marshall, 1767-1835, F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, p.46, cat. 147, NJ18 M3843 A12 N63 + (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, Posing on Four Legs, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, Issue No. 4072, April 17, 1981, p. 445, Film S748 (SML) Also Available OnLine in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS) [ORBIS]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 83, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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