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Robert Bakewell Mounted on a Bay Cob by John Boultbee

This portrait is of a Leicestershire farmer who improved and changed nearly every aspect of eighteenth century farming.

Robert Bakewell (1725-1795 ) was born and lived at Dishley Grange Farm near Loughborough where his father and grandfather had farmed before him. He carried out selective breeding of his livestock and is one of the main pioneers of scientific stockbreeding. He also carried out e…