Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
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Henry Alken and Thomas Sutherland

The High Mettled Racer
1. The Foal
2. In Training
3. The Racer
4. The Hunter
5. The Post Horse
6. The Death

20 x 16.5 inches

A set of six aquatints with original hand colour; engraved by Alken and Sutherland after Alken's designs and published in London in 1821. Offered in their original rosewood frames.

A very well-known and much-loved series of prints that depict the life of a racehorse from foal to death, via its heyday upon the racecourse. In the first plate we see money changing hands between two fashionably dressed gentlemen of the turf. The horse is then trained and raced before being relegated to hunting, delivering the mail and finally death down on the farm.

Henry Alken (1785-1851) effortlessly straddled the gap between fine equestrian art and Regency caricature. He was immensely popular throughout the first half of the C19th and his prints, in particular, have a delightfully whimsical feel about them. Many of his figures appear to have strolled directly from the cartoons of Isaac and George Cruikshank whilst his attention to equestrian detail secures him a place in the pantheon of great British sporting art.

£3200
Set of 6
Framed
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