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[WOOTEN, after John].

[The Father of the Turf],

Stock Code
68757
London, 1790
£800

This is a clean bright engraving of an historically mythic personality.

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

Later impressions with the descriptive title read '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

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Description

Mezzotint with collector's stamp to lower right corner, a proof impression before the addition of the descriptive title at bottom, in overall fine condition.

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