Ben Marshall (1768 – 1834)
Benjamin Marshall was born at Seagrave in Leicestershire. He worked initially as a schoolmaster, and seems not to have taken up painting until about 1790. He was introduced in the following year to William Pochin Esq, the local member of parliament, who in turn introduced him to his first Master, the portrait painter Lemuel Francis Abbot.
Marshall’s progress was rapid. He first exhibited at the RA in 1793 – and by the middle of the 1790s he was being patronised by HRH The Prince of Wales.
Marshall was at his artistic peak in the years 1798 to 1818, and many of his finest works were painted at the turn of the century. The paintings produced from his brush during this period rank with the very greatest works of the English School of animal painting. In 1801 Marshall took on John Ferneley as a pupil.