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Portrait of Richard James Streatfeild (1844-1931), Esq. on his Retirement from

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Portrait of Richard James Streatfeild (1844-1931), Esq. on his Retirement from

1197060 Portrait of Richard James Streatfeild (1844-1931), Esq. on his Retirement from the Mastership of the South Down Foxhounds, 1881 (oil on canvas) by Earl, George (fl.1856-83); 133.3x198.2 cm; Private Collection; Photo eChristies Images; English, out of copyright

Media ID 23690444

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1880s 1881 Animal Behaviour Blood Sport Bloodsport Bound Departed Departing Departure Distinguished Downcast Dressed Up Earl English Art English Artist Equine Final Formal Formal Attire Formal Dress Fox Hunt Fox Hunting Gesture Gesturing Hand Gesture Hand Movement Heartbroken Hillside Hilly Hooved Mammal Horse Rider Hound Hunting Dog Leave Leaving Mature Mature Adult Mature Man Mature Men Maturity Medium Group Medium Group Of Animals Medium Group Of People Melancholia Melancholy Men Only Middle Aged Modern Traditional British Negative Concept Outer Garment Overlooking Plant Part Point Pointer Pointing Pose Posed Posing Position Protective Clothing Retirement Scent Setting Off Setting Out Shooting Dog Smart Sniffing Social Activity Stationary Tracking 19th Century Painting Apparel Artist British British Artist Ethnic Origin Mastership Natural Space Portrait Style Portraiture


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This portrait captures the essence of Richard James Streatfeild, a distinguished gentleman who dedicated his life to the Mastership of the South Down Foxhounds. Painted in 1881 by British artist George Earl, this oil on canvas masterpiece showcases Streatfeild's retirement from his beloved role. The setting is an idyllic countryside, with rolling hills and a natural space that perfectly complements the solemnity of the occasion. Standing tall and proud, Streatfeild dons formal attire complete with a helmet and jacket, symbolizing his commitment to tradition and excellence. Beside him stands a loyal hunting dog, sniffing at the ground as if sensing its master's melancholia. The medium group of people surrounding them adds depth to the composition, emphasizing both Streatfeild's importance within society and their shared sadness at his departure. Streatfeild's hand gesture suggests farewell as he prepares to set off on horseback for one last hunt. His facial expression reveals mixed emotions - pride for all he has accomplished but also heartbreak at leaving behind something so dear to him. The vibrant colors used by Earl bring this nineteenth-century painting to life; from Streatfeild's red coat to the lush green landscape that stretches into the distance. Every brushstroke tells a story of dedication, honor, and reverence for nature. This portrait serves as a testament not only to Richard James Streatfeild but also to an era when fox hunts were central events in English country life. It encapsulates both timelessness and fleeting moments - capturing history in every stroke while evoking emotions that transcend generations.

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