Oil painting on panel, Pumpkin by George Stubbs, RA (Liverpool 1724 – London 1806), signed and dated, bottom right: Geo Stubbs pinx/ it 1773. Pumpkin (1769) by Match'em out of Old Squirt Mare was bred by the jockey John Pratt and owned jointly by the politician Charles James Fox and the Hon. Thomas Foley (later Lord Foley). He was first raced in 1772, went on to win 16 out of his 24 races and was painted several times by Stubbs. The jockey up is Old South, the most celebrated of the day and Pumpkin is shown, in profile to the left, at a gap in the Ditch Mound, Newmarket. A smaller but similar picture is at Windsor and a 'Pumpkin' (1770) was in Lord Rosebery's collection and another portrait of the horse, aclled 'Lord Portland's Pumpkin' dated 1774 belongs to Paul Mellon. He was also included in a series for the Turf Club which was exhibited in 1794.
Probably painted for Thomas Foley, later Lord Foley (1742 - 1793); by descent in the family until Lord Foley sale, Wallrock 30th April - 1st May 1923, lot 340; bought Pawsey and Payne; with Knoedler, from whom bought by James de Rothschild who gave it to Anthony de Rothschild, 1926; by descent until Accepted in lieu of tax on the estate of Yvonne de Rothschild by HM Treasury and transferred to the National Trust in 2000
Ascott, The Anthony de Rothschild Collection (National Trust)
Makers and roles
George Stubbs, RA (Liverpool 1724 – London 1806), artist
Ascott, Buckinghamshire, Scala, 2008 by John Martin Robinson and others [pictures entries by Karin Wolfe on basis of Gore entries, 1963 with contributions from Alastair Laing] , no. 42