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James Pollard, 1792–1867

John Smith Barry’s Private Drag and Grey Team

Former Title(s):

John Smith Barry's Private Drag and Grey Team at Marbury Hall, Cheshire

The Carriage and Horses of Smith Barry

The Carriage and Horses of Smith Barry, Esq.

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
32 x 48 inches (81.3 x 121.9 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: "J Pollard 1824"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | barn | carriage | dog (animal) | genre subject | horses (animals) | men | trees
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

John Smith Barry, of Marbury Hall, Cheshire, was a devotee of the sport of driving and a keen member of the driving club founded by his cousin the Earl of Barrymore; it was known variously as the Whip Club, the Four in Hand Club, and the Barouche Driving Club. The members prided themselves not only on their skills as drivers but also on a splendid appearance. This is evident in Pollard's painting of the coachyard at Marbury: the black and yellow drag, the grooms in livery of the same colors, and the team of grey horses are all impeccably turned out.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 110

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

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 270-1, no. 295, pl. 34, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Exhibition of coaching paintings by James Pollard, kindly lent by N. C. Selway, Esq. , Arthur Ackermann & Son Ltd., Hyde Park, May 1963, no. 10, NJ18 P7425 +S44 1963 (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. 80 (v.1), no. 284, ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

N. C. Selway, Golden age of coaching and sport, as depicted by James Pollard , F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-sea, 1972, no. 13, NJ18 P7425 +S45 (YCBA) [YCBA]

N. C. Selway, James Pollard 1792-1867, painter of the age of coaching , F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-sea, 1965, no. 14, NJ18 P7425 +S452 1965 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : Catalogue of fine paintings and drawings of the English school : 30 November 1960, Sotheby's, London, November 30, 1960, p. 45, lot 178, Auction catalogues (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 110, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

David Wolfers, An artist of the coaching days, The Field, vol. 221, Bath, May 23, 1963, p. 973, Proquest [ORBIS]

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