James Harvey British Art

John Nost Sartorius (1759-1828)

A set of four fox hunting scenes
Dimenions: Height: 53.3 cm
Width: 60.9 cm
Stock No.: P2I0344
Location: Gallery (Chelsea)
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Going to Draw
Gone Away
Full Cry – clearing a hurdle fence
Digging Out
All signed ‘J N Sartorius’ and dated 1806
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 13¾ x 17 in (34.9 x 43.2 cm)
Framed: 21 x 24 in (53.3 x 60.9 cm)

John Nost Sartorius was the son and pupil of the sporting painter Francis Sartorius, whose style is very similar to his own. A prolific painter of every aspect of the country life and rural sports, Sartorius has left us with a brilliant record of the sporting life of the late Georgian era. Like
his father (and, to a degree, his own son John Francis Sartorius) he was itinerant, and his paintings are to be found in very many country houses the length and breadth of England.

Sartorius painted many sporting scenes for clients whom he met at the Newmarket races, and his clientele numbered many of the most famous aristocratic sportsmen of his age: Lords Derby, Foley, Kingston, the breeders and owners Christopher Wilson and Sir Charles Bunbury, and grandest of all, The Prince of Wales. His paintings are as popular today as they were in his own lifetime. Despite the exclusively rural content of his paintings, Sartorius lived for the greater part of his life in Soho: in 1787 John Nost Sartorius was living at 2, Spur Street, Leicester Square, where his father later joined him. Late in life he moved to the then near-rural delights of Kennington, where he died in a house near the famous cricket ground, the Oval.

J.N. Sartorius painted sets of four or even six hunting scenes throughout his life, frequently with prominent single figures which would indicate that they were probably portraits. This seems to be the case in the present set, especially with the figures in ‘Gone Away’ and ‘Digging Out’.