A Lion Hunt

James Northcote, RA (Plymouth 1746 – London 1831)
National Trust Inventory Number 486164

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1819
Materials Oil on canvas
Measurements 2235 x 2720 mm
Place of origin England
Collection Petworth House and Park, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
On show at Petworth House and Park, West Sussex, London and South East, National Trust

The central group of the composition is adapted in reverse from Rubens painting of the same subject at Dresden, so it must have been copied after an engraving. An earlier version of the subject is listed by S. Gwynn in ‘Memorials of an 18th Century Painter’, (1898) as having being painted in 1811. It may be this picture which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1813.

Northcote was a painter of portraits, histories, fancy pictures and animal pictures. His history pictures, many of which were for Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery, were his pride.

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Lion Hunt by James Northcote, RA (Plymouth 1746 – London 1831), 1819. A lion hunt with a man on a rearing grey horse with a lion on his back and at left, a footman spearing the lion. At right there is another horseman, a black attendant and a lioness and cubs.


In the collection of the 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) by 1835. Thence by descent, until the death in 1952 of the 3rd Lord Leconfield, who had given Petworth to the National Trust in 1947, and whose nephew and heir, John Wyndham, 6th Lord Leconfield and 1st Lord Egremont (1920-72) arranged for the acceptance of the major portion of the collections at Petworth in lieu of death duties (the first ever such arrangement) in 1956 by H.M.Treasury.

Credit line

Petworth, The Egremont Collection (National Trust)

Marks and inscriptions

James Northcote. Pinxit 1819

Makers and roles

James Northcote, RA (Plymouth 1746 – London 1831), artist

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Place of origin England (252488)
Materials Canvas (10115)
Oil paint (8601)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12632)
Collection Petworth House and Park, West Sussex (Accredited Museum) (1853)
Periods 19th century (173945)
Maker James Northcote, RA (Plymouth 1746 – London 1831) (40)
Object Type Oil painting (14421)

Record Status


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