Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767) A portrait of Ned Baldry's shell horse 183 x 189cm (72 x 74½in), together with one volume, 'Deer hunting in Norfolk'

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Lot 226
Thomas Bardwell
(1704-1767)
A portrait of Ned Baldry's shell horse 183 x 189cm (72 x 74½in), together with one volume, 'Deer hunting in Norfolk'

Sold for £ 79,250 (US$ 99,165) inc. premium
Thomas Bardwell (1704-1767)
A portrait of Ned Baldry's shell horse
Oil on canvas,
183 x 189cm (72 x 74½in), together with one volume, 'Deer hunting in Norfolk'

Footnotes

  • Edward Baldry (1705-1759) was taken on in the stables of Woodton Hall,Norfolk, home of the Suckling family, at the age of thirteen and rose to become huntsman to the Woodton Hunt, with the finest pack of hounds in the neighbourhood. The story is recounted in 'Deer Hunting in Norfolk' that Ned bought a poor old horse at Bungay fair to feed the hounds, but thinking better of her after a few weeks decided to breed her, and the following year she produced a fine skewbald foal. In Norfolk this was "technically termed 'shelled', and by such appellation he was known ever afterwards." Feats of prowess and daring are listed, proving that Baldry was a much respected figure in the household. Paintings of the 'Woodton Hunt' and 'The Shell Horse' painted by Bardwell hung in the Hall, as did a portrait of the long-serving butler, Thomas Bardwell, presumed to be a relative of the painter. When Denzil Suckling died in 1747 he left Ned "the fine pack of hounds and the old 'shelled horse', and ample funds for their maintenance." Ned took the hounds to Ireland and then to France where he hunted for the King at Versailles. He returned to Woodton and was buried in the churchyard beneath the following inscription:
    "In memory of Edw. Baldrey, who departed this life, February 24th, 1759, aged 53.
    Here lies a huntsman, who was stout and bold,
    Hi judgement such as could not be controlled,
    Few of his calling could with him compare,
    For skill in hunting fox or fallow deer.
    He shew his art in England, Ireland and France,
    And rests in this churchyard, being his last chance."
    His 'shelled horse' was buried nearby in the park beyond the church wall.

    Literature: Lt. Col. J.R.Harvey, Deer Hunting in Norfolk, Norwich 1910, pp.13-18, ill.
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