Charles Catton after George Morland
Partridge Shooting [&] Snipe Shooting
21.5 x 19 inches
A very decorative pair of shooting prints engraved in stipple, partly printed in coloured inks, and finished by hand. Engraved by Charles Catton after the paintings by George Morland and published in London circa 1790.
Shooting was just one of the numerous country pursuits that a Georgian gentleman needed to master if he was to be taken seriously in society. To be a good shot was considered part of a young man's education alongside horsemanship, hunting and fishing. In these delightful images both our sportsmen are beautifully turned out and accompanied by their trusty hounds. By modern standards the barrel of the gun would be considered very long and it would have taken a great deal of skill to shoot with precision.