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WOOTEN, after John.

The Father of the Turf,

Stock Code
68748
London, 1790
£350

'Engraved by John Jones Engraver Extraordinary to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, & Principal Engraver to H.R.H. the Duke of York'.

Bottom reads 'This extraordinary character was born in the Reign of King Charles the First, when the Sports of Horse Racing commenced at Newmarket, and he was owner of the celebrated Horse Dragon, whose Portrait appears in a Frame in the Back Ground. The most remarkable event in the lives of this Gentleman & his Horse Dragon, is most pathetically depicted by Dr. John Hawkesworth (in No. 37 of the Adventurer) in the following words, supposed to be spoken by the Horse in the Elysium of Beasts and Birds. 'It is true,' replied the Steed 'I was a favourite but what avails it to be the favourite of caprice, avarice, and barbarity. My tyrant was a Man who had gained a considerable fortune by play, particularly by racing. I had

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Description

Mezzotint with light foxing, collector's stamp to lower right corner, mounted on board with descriptive title at bottom.

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