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  • In a wooded landscape, a servant hands his master a woodcock, the latest catch of a shooting expedition that has just been retrieved by the spaniel. With his other hand he holds a tricorne hat and pats the young gentleman on the back. The relaxed intimacy and apparent affection between the two figures suggest that this servant was a favored footman and that whoever commissioned the painting specifically requested him to be portrayed–making this a double portrait. Unlike the other black servants in this section of the exhibition, this young man is wearing neither a slave collar nor exoticizing costume. Underlying the informality of the exchange between the two men, however, is a well-defined hierarchy in which the servant acts as an intermediary between the hunting dog and his master. Until recently, this painting was thought to represent Charles Lennox, third Duke of Richmond, whose staff wore a livery of yellow and scarlet. Research for this exhibition has revealed that the blue and red livery worn by the servant here is much closer to that of the neighboring West Sussex estate of Wiston, inherited by Charles Goring (1744–1829) from his father in 1768.
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Catherine Molineux, Faces of perfect ebony, encountering Atlantic slavery in imperial Britain, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2012, p. 48 and colored plate section following p. 52, Color Plate 10, DA125.N4 M65 2012 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Figures of empire : slavery and portraiture in eighteenth-century Atlantic Britain, organized by the Yale Center for British Art and curated by Esther Chadwick and Meredith Gamer, PhD candidates in the History of Art at Yale University and Cyra Levenson,, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2014, pp. 6, 42, V 2556 (YCBA)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: Slavery and portraiture in 18th-century Atlantic Britain, [ Website ], Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 2015, Available Online ,
  • Dimension height :: 116.2cm
  • Dimension width :: 137.2cm
  • Exhibition :: Figures of Empire
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: painting
  • Subject Concept :: Spaniels (breed)
  • Subject Concept :: costume
  • Subject Concept :: dog (animal)
  • Subject Concept :: rifle
  • Subject Concept :: rural
  • Subject Concept :: servant
  • Subject Concept :: sporting art
  • Subject Concept :: sportsman
  • Subject Place :: England
  • Subject Place :: Europe
  • Subject Place :: North Yorkshire
  • Subject Place :: Richmond
  • Subject Place :: United Kingdom
  • ...
  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • An Unknown Man, perhaps Charles Goring of Wiston (1744-1829), out Shooting with his Servant
  • The Third Duke of Richmond out Shooting with his Servant