Oil painting on canvas, Keeper Bullock gralloching a Buck, British (English), mid 17th century. A buck attacked by five hunting dogs with a full-length portrait of a man, turned slightly to the right, gazing to the right, standing to the left of the scene; wearing a green coat and hat, his right hand grasps the deer's antlers and his left holds a knife; behind him stands a bay horse. Set in Lyme Park with the Cage and a hunt visible in the background. This painting is part of an important group of paintings by a mysterious portraitist known only by his monogram 'J.H.'. He practised in the north-west in the mid-17th century, primarily amongst Catholic and Jacobite families.
Original to the house, set in Lyme Park with pre-1730's cage in the background.
Marks and inscriptions
[unreadable] / Boy (?) / Comby / Royster / Royall / K[ ] (dog's names, painted on the ear of each dog in cream coloured paint from left to right respectively, visible with close examination)
Makers and roles
The Master J.H. (probably Jerome Hesketh) (fl.1647-1666), artist
British (English) School, artist