Charles Bentley after Henry Alken
Grand Leicestershire Steeplechase on the 12th March 1829
20 x 17 inches
A magnificent set of eight hand coloured aquatints by Charles Bentley after the paintings by Henry Alken; published by Ackermann in London in 1830.
These highly decorative prints depict the most important of the hunt steeplechases that was held in Leicestershire on the 12th March 1829. It was a four-mile race across country from Nowsley Wood to Billesdon Coplow. The umpire is called Nimrod and he can be seen in the first plate reading the articles of the race. The horses are called King of the Valley, Lazy Bet, Clinker, Magic, Polecat, Spartacus and Bantum. All the "Gentlemen Riders" are named under the images with a fascinating running commentary as the race progresses. The race is won by Sir Harry Goodricke's Magic.
£3500 Set of 8