MARSHALL, Benjamin

1768 - 1835

Portrait of Benjamin Marshall by his son Lambert Marshall

Benjamin Marshall was born on 14 October 1768 and baptised at Seagrave, Leicestershire on 8 November 1768, son of Charles Marshall and his wife Elizabeth. Marshall was a follower of George Stubbs (1724-1806) and for a brief period studied under Lemuel Francis Abbott (1769/1-1802), becoming an English sporting and animal painter. Around the turn of the 18th century, Benjamin was living at 23 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, but had various later addresses in London, but from 1812 he lived at Newmarket, Suffolk to be near the racetrack and was often described as 'Marshall of Newmarket'. After 1792, he began painting animals exhibiting some thirteen pictures, chiefly portraits of racehorses and their owners, at the Royal Academy between 1801-1819, two of his pictures of fighting cocks, exhibited in 1812, were engraved in mezzotint by Charles Turner (1774-1857) under the titles of 'The Cock in Feather' and 'The Trimm'd Cock’. Sixty paintings of sportsmen, horses and dogs by Marshall, were engraved by John Scott (1774-1827) for ‘Wheble's Sporting Magazine’, and eight types of horses by Marshall, also engraved by Scott, appeared in ‘The Sportsman's Repository’ 1820. Marshall's exhibited and engraved works represent but a small proportion of the commissions which he carried out throughout the country for patrons of the turf and masters of hounds. Benjamin Marshall died at his home London Terrace, Hackney Road, London on 24 July 1835, aged 67. Benjamin Marshall married at Seagrave on 12 November 1789, Mary Sa[u]nders by whom he had several children including two sons both named Lambert, whom he named after his great friend and celebrated 'huge man' Daniel Lambert (1770–1809) of whom Benjamin painted two portraits.

Royal Academy Exhibits
1800 201 Diamond by High Flyer belonging to J. Cookson, Esq., with a portrait of Mr Dennis Fitzpatrick
         267 Portraits of Captain Ricketts with his horse and hounds
1801 657 Portrait of J.G. Shaddick
from 23 Beaumont Street, Devonshire Place
1806 292 Portrait of J.G. Shaddick, Esq., the celebrated Sportsman
1808 248 Portrait of a foreign Nobleman and his horses
1810 218 Portrait of a Favourite Horse, the property of Lord Viscount Deerhurst
         226 A well-known horse, the property of T.O. Hunter, Esq.
from 50 Warren Street, Fitzroy Square
1812 385 A Game Cock
         803 The Trimmed Cock
from Newmarket, Suffolk
1818 225 Portraits of Cattle of the improved Shorthorn Breed
from Newman Street
1819 249 Portraits of a family at Little Thurlow, Suffolk
         595 Fanny, by Poulton, the property of R. Jones, Esq., with the portrait of --- Chiffney

His son Lambert Marshall was also an artist and painted a portrait of his father Benjamin. Lambert Marshall in 1871 was a pauper, widower, and an artist, and died in Brighton Union Hospital [Workhouse] on 23/25 May 1873 and buried in an unmarked grave at Brighton. He was not the Lambert Marshall who lived in Leeds and died in 1870.

Works by This Artist