In a fantastic interview about one of the most arresting artworks in our Museum, ‘Colt Hunting in the New Forest’ by Lucy Kemp-Welch, Dr Steven Parissien is in conversation with Journalist Ploy Radford, in which he describes Kemp-Welch’s beautiful work as symbolistic-realism.

This fascinating podcast is available to hear online and you can discover more about this feminist trailblazer artist and indeed, how the huge piece was installed and hung within Palace House. The picture depicts herds of wild ponies in the New Forest which were being hunted out and driven to local fairs, where some are sold and the rest set free. The artist had studied at a horse hospital at Christchurch and knew the New Forest well.


Lucy Elizabeth Kemp-Welch (1869 – 1958) was a leading British painter and teacher who specialised in painting working horses in a very much male-dominated art world. She is perhaps best known for the paintings of horses in military service commissioned during World War One and for her illustrations to the 1915 edition of Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty.

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A beautiful staircase in Palace House, at the top of which is hung the magnificent and huge oil painting by Lucy Kemp-Welch – ‘Colt hunting in the New Forest’ This painting was first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1897 when she was only 26 years old.






Dr. Steven Parissien, as well as being our CEO at Palace House in Newmarket, is also an internationally-renowned author who has written extensively on architectural and cultural history including The Comfort of the Past, Interiors, George IV, among others. He lives in Oxford, England, and has one daughter.

Special thanks to Ploy Radford for the recording and editing of this interview, which forms part of her ‘Past Matters’ series of Podcasts. Ploy talks to experts at different museums, galleries and historic houses about the most underrated objects in their collection, and unveils some fantastic facts.