untitled (study)

artist: Thomas Barton

19th century
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untitled study for a larger work. The scene depicts a group of eight horses massed together, and their dismounted riders attempting to calm the animals. In the left foreground a horse has fallen to the ground. A man wearing a red head scarf, white shirt, blue jacket with red trim, green trousers and black hose and shoes lies on the ground. A man to the left raises a riding crop in his right arm to strike the horse. He wears a red hat, bluegrass coat, brown breeches and buckled shoes. In the centre of the composition eight horses rear up on their hind legs and their attendants attempt to control them. In the centre, three men, all with red head scarves, one with a pink shirt, one with a yellow shirt and the most vivid-and centrally placed in the composition-wearing a blue jacket and green breeches struggle, raising their arms in the air, to hold the horses reins. The two central horses, a black horse with red feather head-dress and a white horse with a yellow feather head-dress dominate the composition. to the right, a horse is seen foreshortened, and its rider wears red breeches and grey waistcoat was viewed from the back. In the background is a clearly distinguished baroque building of grand proportions, with a spire and two domes that dominate the picture. Blue skies extend across the top of the picture. The base and part of a column or obelisk appears to the left. to the right are trees, pines and cypresses and a picket fence and a draped pavilion full of spectators. The crowds watching the race can be seen dotted across the middle distance to the right. The foreground is partly in shadow with long shadows across the composition. Areas of light create drama in the scene. Frame: Modern, circa 1990, Victorian reproduction gesso and gilt frame in good condition.
Maker and role
artist: Thomas Barton
Production place
Rome, Italy
Production date
19th century
Media description
oil on board, (recent frame)
230 x 480 mm
Measurement details
height: 230mm
width: 480mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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