John Harris after J. F. Herring
The British Stud: Camel and Banter
35 x 28 inches
A large-scale aquatint partly printed in colour and finished by hand; engraved by John Harris after the painting by John Francis Herring and published by Messers Fores as part of their British Stud series, in London in 1846.
Camel was bred by the Earl of Egremont in 1822 and Banter was bred by the Earl of Grosvenor in 1826; hence this portrait represents very fine pedigree indeed!
Camel was a very successful thoroughbred racehorse who won five out of his seven races. He lived between 1822 and 1844, retiring from the track in 1827. By 1830 he was put out to stud and stood for ten guineas with an extra guinea for the groom!
Harris was a prolific and highly skilled aquatint engraver whose work epitomises the Victorian love of sporting art in the middle of the nineteenth century. He produced some of the finest equestrian prints of his day and worked for well-known publishing firms in London such as Ackermann and Fores. He was born in London in 1811 and spent his entire working life in the capital although the vast majority of his output comprised depictions of rural life.