Original antique print, titled: ‘The Ditch – Liverpool Grand National Steeple Chase in sight of the Aintree Grand Stand’. It is numbered III. It shows: a horse race in progress. One of the jockeys is standing dejectedly beside his fallen horse, as it did not make the jump over the hedge and ditch. Around him other riders are continuing the race. Rare.
Made by Richard Gilson Reeve after Georges Henry Laporte.
Medium: original handcoloured aquatint etching on wove paper.
Sheet size: 73.5 x 54.5 cm (28.94 x 21.46 inch). Image size: 62 x 42 cm. (24.41 x 16.54 inch).
Condition: very good, given age. Right and left margins with small (closed) tears and creases (not affecting image). A mild crease in the upper left corner of the image. Margins discoloured. Rear: remains from attachment to carrier. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.
HORSE-RACE-DITCH-HEDGE-JUMP-FALL | DP-A1-001-25
Master print published by Fore, London in 1853. Our definition of master print is: a seperately published print or series of prints, not being an illustrative print to a text. These can both be prints made by old masters (artists) or prints made by others (artists, engravers, etchers) after old masters. Artists and Engravers: Etched by R.G. and A.W. Reeve after G.H. Laporte.
Biography engraver: Richard Gilson Reeve (1803-1889) and August William Reeve (1807-c. 1880) were the sons of English aquatint engraver Richard Reeve (c. 1780-c. 1835), probably trained by their father.
Biography artist: Georges Henry Laporte (1799-1873) was a sports painter whose work includes depictions of all aspects of country life: hunting, racing, shooting and animal still-lives.
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