This rare and stunning original engraving was produced in England during the 18th century. The engraving depicts the British thoroughbred racehorse ‘Buzzard’ who was born in 1787 and was a son of Woodpecker. Buzzard had a successful racing career in England and lived until he was 24 years old.
Buzzard was later sold to Colonel John Hoomes (b 1749 - d 1805) who imported him to Virginia in 1798. Hoomes was an extremely wealthy gentleman; he owned the area of land which would become Bowling Green, Kentucky. Hoomes was a breeder and importer of thoroughbred racehorses and an important individual within the American horse racing scene.
The print was published on the 12th of October 1795 by Laurie & Whittle, 53 Fleet Street, London.
Robert Laurie (b abt. 1755 – d 1836) and James Whittle (b abt. 1757 – d 1818) were print publishers operating from 53, Fleet Street, London. Robert Laurie was an assistant to the prominent publisher Robert Sayer. The partners published engravings, maps, charts, and nautical works.
The print is housed behind its original old wavy glass in its original stained wood frame.
Measuring: Frame width 16 inch (40.5 cm) by height 12 inch (30.5 cm). Aperture width 13.75 inch (35 cm) by height 10 inch (25.5 cm).
Condition: The engraving is showing its age, it is not pristine. If this will trouble you please do not purchase. There is a Y shape tear which has been restored to underside of horse and rear legs. Small indentation to paper near front legs. Some small tears to paper below text. Light surface wear to frame.
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This is a stunning print; 18th century horse racing prints are rare and sought after. They display excellently and appeal to a wide audience. The perfect Georgian artwork.
Reference: Museum number 2010,7081.5315 and 2010,7081.5312 in the British Museum’s online collection.
18th Century Horse Racing Equestrian Engraving, Hand Colored Mezzotint by Laurie & Whittle, Original Frame C 1795 Equestrian
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