A contemporary of George Stubbs (1724-1806) and Sawrey Gilpin (1733-1807), Francis Sartorius recorded scenes from all aspects of the eighteenth century sporting and equestrian world. He established himself throughout England and enjoyed popularity from many patrons including the Dukes of Cumberland and Grafton, Lord Grosvenor and Lord Rockingham. Regularly exhibiting from the London venues such as the Free Society of Artists and the Royal Academy, Sartorius became renowned for a slightly naive, old-fashioned style. He was a fashionable equestrian artist, painting more portraits of winners on turf than any other artist of the second half of the 18th century. Sartorius's prolific artistic career provides an invaluable documentation of English country life in the 1700s.