- Object Name: Painting
- Description: Mid nineteenth century portrait painting believed to be John Mytton at Halston Hall, Whittington. Painter unknown c.1820-1830.
- Description: This painting is thought to depict 'Mad Jack' John Mytton in his home, Halston Hall near Whittington. Mytton was obsessed with hunting and blood sports. He had hunted his own pack of hounds from the age of ten and would go hunting in any kind of weather.
He also had numerous pets in his manor including some 2,000 dogs, his favourites being fed on steak and champagne. A favourite horse Baronet had full and free range inside Halston Hall, and would lie in front of the fire with Jack. He also once rode a bear into his drawing-room, in full hunting costume. The bear carried him very quietly for a time but on being pricked by Mytton's spurs he bit him through the calf of his leg. Despite being bitten, Mad Jack kept the bear Nell as a pet.
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