Henry Alken & Richard Reeve after W. P Hodges
Yellowham Wood, County of Dorset
26 x 21 inches
A scarce, hand coloured aquatint engraved by Henry Alken and Richard Reeve after the painting by W. Hodges and published in London in 1834.
There is something mesmerising in the composition of this beautiful rural scene in Dorset. We are given an elevated perspective of a fabulous day out in the winter of 1834. A hunt is in full cry as the hounds surge up a knoll to the bottom right of the picture. The focal point of the image is a beautiful, blue landau from which smartly dressed ladies observe the sport. Dozens of huntsmen ride their horses through a plantation of impossibly small fir trees and because they are coming from all directions it gives the picture a very animated feel. As Yellowham Wood is situated just outside Dorchester it is safe to assume that this is the South Dorset Hunt. Only the most eagle-eyed will spot the large country house nestling in the hills where, presumably, the hunting party will end up. There is also a river in the far distance but whether this is the Frome or the Piddle is anyone's guess!