A Horse called 'White Sorrel', in a Landscape

British (English) School
National Trust Inventory Number 584497

Category Art / Oil paintings
Date 1770 - 1799
Materials Oil paint, canvas, wood
Place of origin
Collection Wallington, Northumberland (Accredited Museum)
On show at Wallington, Northumberland, Yorkshire and North East, National Trust

Summary description

Oil painting on canvas, A Horse called 'White Sorrel', in a Landscape British (English) School, late 18th century. The horse turned to the left, is brown in colour, woodland on the right and distant horizon on the left with stormy sky. This racehorse was owned by Sir John Fenwick and confiscated by William III. It was this horse that caused the king's death when it stumbled on a molehill at Hampton Court and the king was thrown. Hence the origin of the Jacobite toast to 'the little gentleman in black velvet'.



Acquired with financial assistance of the National Trust Tyne Valley Association, 2004

Credit line

Wallington, The Trevelyan Collection (National Trust)

Makers and roles

British (English) School, artist

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Place of origin
Materials Oil paint (8601)
Category Art / Oil paintings (12642)
Collection Wallington, Northumberland (Accredited Museum) (10367)
Periods 18th century (87994)
Maker British (English) School (3779)
Object Type Oil painting (14440)

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