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A country race course with horses preparing to start

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  • Title (object)

    • A country race course with horses preparing to start
  • Description

    The humours of a racecourse realistically depicted. In the foreground are plebeian and fashionable spectators, including a man wearing a star. The back of a post-chaise in which sits a lady serves as platform for a sailor and a man supported on the shoulders of a fat woman. A horse has just been stripped, and is about to be given a draught of wine; a jockey surreptitiously takes money from a man (right). Another jockey sits on his horse. In the middle distance, behind rails, are more spectators, on horseback, on a coach, and in a cart. Four men are in the judge's box, one blows a trumpet. Behind (left) is a row of four crowded stands, three of which are: 'Grand Betting Stand by T M Sweap-all'; 'Red-Lyon' (cf. BMSat 8243); 'Ladies Booth'. In the background are more spectators, coaches and horses, against an undulating landscape. 1786
    Etching and aquatint


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  • Date

    • 1786
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 513 millimetres
    • Width: 690 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with title in English and French; with names "W.Mason Esqr. delint / Aquatinta by F.Jukes / Engrav'd by J.Jenkins / Publish'd as the Act directs for the Proprietor by J.Phillips, No.164 Piccadilly"
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
    Probably the York racecourse, cf. BMSat 8243. A companion print to BMSat 8256.
    Siltzer, 'British Sporting Prints', 1929, p. 334.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 8255 bibliographic details
    • Siltzer 1929 p.334 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XVIIIc Unmounted Portfolio)

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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