JOHN HICKMAN    Book Number: 87800    Product format: Hardback

The Hunts were kept busy reproducing the oil paintings and watercolours of among others Henry Alken, J. F. Herring, F. C. Turner and James Pollard, unique English art caught on copper plates. This is the first in-depth study and catalogue of engravings and aquatints of the Hunts who flourished during the boom period of the English sporting print, 1820-1880, when the British public's enthusiasm for horseracing, hunting and coaching grew rapidly and the aspirational new middle classes wanted vigorous and colourful images of these scenes to decorate their walls. Not only does it capture the spirit and joie de vivre, the prowess of fine horses, but also in caricatures the collections hitherto unseen plates and reprints and reissues that were sold and sold again. In 1851, Charles Hunt (1829-1900) the oil painter, aged 21 and living with his parents in Chelsea, was already described as an 'artist'. He had exhibited a number of oil paintings at the Royal Academy - scenes from Shakespeare's plays and in 1891 a scene from Dickens's Bleak House. Charles and George Hunt were almost certainly cousins, and two of the most skilled and prolific engravers and aquatinters of their day. Many of the hilarious and humorous designs of Robert Cruikshank were engraved and coloured by them on such great rough and tumble sports as jumping in sacks or football, street scenes including buying a cheap fiddle, arranging a loan or meeting in Fleet Street, a man in bed watching as water pours through his ceiling in A Thaw, and another a rescued skater who fell through the ice into a frozen pond. The range of subject matter includes horse racing, coaching, hunting, game shooting, angling, caricatures and social commentary, the Royal Mail and rats, Christmas, monuments, memorials and castle ruins, young ladies and love affairs, negros and black jokes, the larder, places of beauty around the British Isles like Brighton or around the world like Rio de Janeiro or a picturesque tour along the River Ganges. Soldiers in uniforms, handsome sailing ships and steamboats, merino sheep and a chaotic scene as a tandem's leading horse rears up, cricketers, pheasant and woodcock shooting, horses and carriages, female equestrians, a Georgian gentleman's rowdy dinner, and a whole gallery of splendidly groomed and shining race horses and races at Epsom and the Derby capturing horses at full stride. An exquisite gallery of the fashions and pastimes for all social historians and art lovers. 596 heavyweight pages, pagemarker, 10" x 12".
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ISBN 9781910065976
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