The Field

Lord Ripon The greatest shot of all time

s the years roll on a higher standard of individual accomplishment is attained in most sports, but I very much doubt if anyone will in the future exceed or even equal the efficiency of the late Lord Ripon as a shot. He had a trait common to most people who excel in one particular branch of sport, which takes the form of hinting at their proficiency in any pastime other than the one that has made them famous. I could quote many examples. The late John Sargent, RA, would generally sit down at the piano and play you a tune before he showed you his glorious works; the late John Porter almost invariably took you to see his orchids before you were permitted to go round the Kingsclere stable; and I have never, in 40-odd years, heard Lord Lonsdale, one

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