John Wootton (1682 -1764)

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Wootton, King George II at the Battle of Dettingen, 1743

King George II at the Battle of Dettingen, 1743

John Wootton was an English painter of sporting subjects, battle scenes and landscapes. Born in Snitterfield, Warwickshire (near Stratford-upon-Avon), Wootton is best remembered as a pioneer in the painting of sporting subjects and was considered the finest practitioner of the genre in his day.

Wootton, Lord Oxford’s Bloody Shouldered Arabian Horse, 1724

Lord Oxford’s Bloody Shouldered Arabian Horse, 1724

Wootton, The Byerly Turk

The Byerly Turk

As such, Wootton’s paintings were very fashionable and were sought after by those among the highest strata of the British society. These included figures such as George II of England, Frederick, Prince of Wales, and the Duke of Marlborough. Wootton is now somewhat eclipsed in the field of animal paintings by the later George Stubbs (1724-1806), who is considered technically superior. John Wootton died in London on November 13, 1764. Examples of his animal painting can be found in the Tate Gallery, London, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Yale Center for British Art, and in the Elizabethan Great Hall, Longleat.

Wootton, Cassiobury Park, 1748

Cassiobury Park, 1748

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A Chestnut Racehorse Held by a Groom, 1700s, Oil on Canvas, 40 x 50 in, Mount Street Galleries

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A Still Life of Game, Oil on Canvas, 128.5 x 104.1 cm, Raphael Valls Limited

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Hounds and a Magpie, 1740s, Oil on Canvas, 152 x 128 cm, The State Hermitage Museum

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Hunting Scene, 1748, Oil on Canvas, 140.3 x 130.5 cm, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

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Huntsman and Pack in a Landscape, 18th century, Graphite, pen, ink, 25 x 38 cm, The Courtauld Institute of Art

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The Viscount Weymouth’s Hunt, 1733-6,Oil on Canvas, about 359 x 345 cm, Tate Museum

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