“Phosphorus” in a Landscape
Signed and dated B. Marshall pt 1800
Oil on canvas
34¼ x 40¼ inches (87 x 102.3)
Framed: 41 x 47 inches (104 x 119.3 cm)
Mr. Taplin’s Phosphorus, by Eclipse out of Herod, grand dam of Matchem, “was purchased as a two-year-old for 200 guineas and considered most favourable in training since he beat three of the best trial horses. But he sustained an injury shortly afterwards so was never raced. After being quartered at stables for over a year Mr. Taplin bought him and hunted him during the 1797-98 season with the King’s Staghounds and was admired by George III” (Aubrey Noakes, Ben Marshall 1768-1835, Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, p. 31).
Sir Walter Gilbey (1831-1914), who owned this work by Marshall, was a prominent collector of Sporting art and literature and author of biographies of George Stubbs and George Morland, and of the well known volumes titled Animal Painters of England from the Year 1650, published in 1900.
Sir Walter Gilbey, Bart., London (sale, Christie’s, London March 15, 1910, lot 118)
J. & W. Vokins, London, acquired at the above sale
Tresham Gilbey, J.P., Bishop’s Stortford, Herts., son of Walter Gilbey (sale, Christie’s, London, May 30, 1947, lot 74)
M. Bernard, acquired at the above sale
Frost & Reed, Ltd., London
Private Collection, Canada
Aubrey Noakes, Ben Marshall 1768-1835, Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, pp. 31, 68, listed under no. 17