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Thomas Spencer, 1700–1753

Scipio, a spotted hunter, the property of Colonel Roche

Former Title(s):

Scipio, Colonel Roche's Spotted Hunter

Scipio, property of Colonel Roche (?Node), member of the Buccleuch Hunt

ca. 1750
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
39 x 52 3/4 inches (99.1 x 134 cm), Frame: 43 3/16 × 57 × 2 1/8 inches (109.7 × 144.8 × 5.4 cm)

Inscribed in black paint, lower left: "Scipio a horse of | Colonel. Roche."

Signed and dated in black paint, lower left: "T. Spener pinx. | [17...] [date hidden by frame]"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | animals | breeches | bridle | colonel | dogs (animals) | equestrians | field | horses (animals) | hounds (dogs) | hunting | men | pasture | redingote (overcoat) | riding boots | rural | saddle | saddle cloths | waistcoat
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art (National Sporting Library and Museum, 2016-08-26 - 2017-04-26) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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]

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]

Stephen Deuchar, Noble exercise : the sporting ideal in eighteenth-century British art, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1982, p. 44, no. 42, ND1388 G7 D48+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

Elizabeth Einberg, The age of Hogarth, British painters born 1675-1709 , vol. 2, Tate Gallery, London, 1988, p. 214, ND466 T38 1988 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Claudia P. Pfeiffer, Chronicle of the Horse in art, National Sporting Library and Museum, Middleburg, Virginia, 2016, pp. 3, 44-45, 110 [fn 52], pl. 15, N7668.H6 P44 2016 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 48, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Richard Wills, James Seymour, 1701-1752, London, 2023, p.70, fig.37, NJ18 .Se95 W55 2023 (YCBA) Oversize [YCBA]

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