John Theobald stands proudly with a riding whip tucked under his arm, which reveals his passion for breeding and racing horses.
Theobald invested the fortune he made in the hosiery business in horses from about 1814. By 1825 he had a stud at Stockwell. His successful stallions included 'Camel', 'Mameluke' and 'Stockwell'. Known as ‘the emperor of stallions’, Stockwell’s skeleton was later given to the Natural History Museum for study. Theobald’s horse 'Rockingham', with whom he was painted by James Ward, won the Goodwood Cup in 1835. These paintings came to Brodsworth as a result of the marriage of his granddaughter, Georgiana, to Charles Sabine Thellusson.
The painting was formerly attributed to Philip Reinagle, but the similarity of its style to a painting, possibly of John Theobald’s son, William, has led to its attribution to G. F. Joseph.
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English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN5 7XJ
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purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990