James Mackrell after F. C. Turner
1. The Clipper
27.5 x 23.5 inches
A pair of aquatints partly printed in colour and finished by hand; engraved by Mackrell after the paintings by Turner and published in London in 1845.
There is something very appealing about the scale of these images, both set within a stable. In the first picture we see an aristocratic young man waiting with the ostler whilst his horse has its hocks and fetlocks clipped. The scene is further enlivened by a stable boy teasing a little terrier with the promise of a biscuit and the imminent arrival of a second pint of ale from the innkeeper behind. In the second picture we see a blacksmith or veterinarian working on a horse's shoe and once again it is in the incidental detail that we find the charm: horseshoes hang in a row along the beam, a donkey looks inquisitively at what's occurring and a hound drools in anticipation of a treat.