MARSHALL, Benjamin

1768 - 1835

Portrait of Benjamin Marshall by his son Lambert Marshall

Benjamin Marshall, was baptised at Seagrave, Leicestershire in 1768, there are two baptisms at Seagrave 28 June and 8 November 1768, both a son of Charles Marshall and his wife Elizabeth, the first maybe his birth date. Marshall was a follower of George Stubbs (1724-1806) and for a short period studied under Lemuel Francis Abbott (1769/1-1802), becoming an English sporting and animal painter. About the turn of the 17th century, Benjamin was living at 23 Beaumont Street, Marylebone, but had various later addresses in London, but from 1812 he mainly 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. He died at his home London Terrace, Hackney Road, London on 24 July 1835, aged 67. He married at Seagrave on 12 November 1789, Mary Sa[u]nders by whom he had several children including a son Lambert, the second with this name, who was born in London on 13 November 1809 and died at Leeds, Yorkshire in 1870, who painted a likeness of his father.




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