John Wootton (Snitterfield circa 1678-1764 London) Camilla by Bay Bolton rubbed down by two stable b
Lot 127
John Wootton (Snitterfield circa 1678-1764 London) Camilla by Bay Bolton rubbed down by two stable boys beside her trainer and owner, Charles, 3rd Duke of Bolton 102 x 122 cm. (40 x 48 in.)
Sold for £48,000 (US$ 81,542) inc. premium
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Lot Details
John Wootton (Snitterfield circa 1678-1764 London)
Camilla by Bay Bolton rubbed down by two stable boys beside her trainer and owner, Charles, 3rd Duke of Bolton
inscribed 'CAMILLA./Got by Bay-/Bolton.1722' (lower left) and signed 'J.Wootto'(lower right) oil on canvas
102 x 122 cm. (40 x 48 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    A.Ackermann & Son Ltd, London, 1960, where acquired by the present owner

    EXHIBITED:
    A.Ackermann & Son Ltd, London, Fine XVIII and XIX Century Sporting Painting, October 1960, Catalogue No. 28, illustrated
    Rutland Galleries, John Wootton, November-December 1963, Catalogue No.16


    Camilla by Bay Bolton was bred in 1722 by Charles, third duke of Bolton (1685-1754), who is depicted here wearing the sash and star of the Order of the Garter. She was the sister of Old Starting. Bay Bolton was one of the earliest native-, as opposed to Eastern-bred stallions.

    As Marquess of Winchester Charles Powlett served in politics, representing Lymington in Hampshire as its MP from 1705 before moving to one of Hampshire's county seats in 1708 and then Carmarthenshire in 1715. On 21 January 1722 Winchester succeeded his father as duke of Bolton, and was also appointed to his father's places as Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and Dorset and warden of the New Forest. He was also created a Knight of the Garter on 10 October. Bolton inherited substantial landholdings and political influence in Hampshire. More heartfelt than his political affiliations, however, were his enthusiasms for the hunt (‘such long chases and hard riding was never known nor spoke of’ (John Leheux, 1725, Various Collections, 8.393), horseracing, and the pursuit of women. The young Marquess had separated from his wife within weeks of their marriage and as third Duke of Bolton he was perhaps best known for his relationship with the actress, Lavinia Fenton (1708-60). She had starred as Polly Peachum in the original and hugely successful 1728 production of The Beggar's Opera. When the Duke's estranged wife died in 1751 he married Lavinia and she became Duchess of Bolton. A purported portrait of her by William Hogarth is in Tate Britain.
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