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Col. Frank Shuttleworth 'Charlie'

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)


Inscribed with title below mount
Inscribed 'shuttleworth' on reverse

Watercolour and bodycolour on board

20 x 14 inches

Vanity Fair, 10 February 1909, Men of the Day no 1158, 'Charlie'

Chris Beetles & Alexander Beetles (eds) Portraits of Vanity Fair: The Charles Sigety Collection, London: Chris Beetles Ltd, 2023, page 179

'Portraits of Vanity Fair: The Charles Sigety Collection', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2023, no 87

After being educated variously in England, France and Germany, Frank Shuttleworth (1845-1913) joined the military and served firstly in Ireland before travelling to India as Cornet in the 11th Hussars in 1866. He returned to England in 1869, transferring to the 7th Hussars. He served as captain for 12 years before becoming a major. After retiring from the army in 1882, he became well-known as a sportsman. He owned the successful shooting estates of Old Warden and Goldington in Bedfordshire, and owned a number of winning racehorses, which he even rode to victory several times himself. He also held the position of Director of the Great Northern Railway Company for over 25 years.

“Colonel Frank Shuttleworth is a warm advocate of that variety of occupations which is the greatest recreation in life. He has somehow contrived to carry on that series of parallel existences which, according to Renan, is the strongest desire of all richly endowed natures. He is a soldier, politician, yachtsman, huntsman, linguist, railway-director, and man-about-town, and is still young enough in spirit to make his mark in half-a-dozen other directions.

He was born in 1845, educated in France and Germany, and in 1866 sailed to Bombay as Cornet in the 11th Hussars. After two seasons Ibex shooting in Cashmere he returned to England in 1869, and exchanged to the 7th Hussars, in which regiment he served for twelve years as captain and then as major.

In 1882 he retired from the Army and took upon himself the dignities of family representation, succeeding on his father's death to the Old Warden and Goldington estates in Bedfordshire. The Old Warden estate is famous for its pheasant and partridge shooting, fifteen hundreds birds being the usual bag with six guns.

He is a good all-round sportsman, has had a good many successes on the Turf, and after winning the 7th Hussars Regimental Challenge Cup two years in succession he lost it the third year by a head, being beaten by a horse he had just sold. He himself rode one of his own horses in fourteen steeplechases, of which he won nine.

Colonel Shuttleworth has been a member of the Royal Yacht Squadron twenty years, and is a prominent member of the Four-in-Hand and the Coaching Club. In spite of numerous invitations, he has steadily declined to go into Parliament, preferring to exercise his business abilities in some less barren field. For twenty-five years he has been a director of the Great Northern Railway Company, where his sound business capacity has long been recognised. He is a valuable Conservative, and under the blessed English system of division, in which one class does all the work and another reaps all the honours, has succeeded in evading a good deal of publicity.

He possesses in a high degree the qualities which make for popularity, and although his character is dignified by reserve, he is simple and unaffected.”

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