Benjamin Marshall (British, 1835)


Born in 1765 at Seagrave in Leicestershire, He worked initially as a schoolmaster, and seems not to have taken up painting until about 1790. He was introduced in the following year to William Pochin Esq, the local member of parliament, who in turn introduced him to his first Master, the portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbot (1760-1802)
Marshall applied himself to predominantly sporting subjects in 1793, and equine subjects in particular. Second only to George Stubbs (1724-1806) in his understanding of equine anatomy, Marshall imbues his paintings with a liveliness which was something of an innovation at the time. by the middle of the 1790's he was being patronised by HRH The Prince of Wales and was at his artistic peak in the years 1798 to 1818
The paintings he produced from his brush during this period rank with the very greatest works of the English School of animal painting. A severe coaching accident in 1819 seriously impaired his artistic abilities and he became a correspondent for The Sporting Times. Benjamin Marshall died in London in 1835