Title Original Pictorial Story about Mice Foxhunting on Pigs
Binding Full Morocco
Book Condition Very Good
Seller ID 005962
Over fences, over hill and dale, leaping across brooks and pools of water, with a stately home in the background as in a quintessential English country landscape, do we here find mice astride pigs, and just like their human and equine counterparts do the mice and pigs suffer spills and the other forms of grief so intrinsic to the sport. Here we have a highly original twist on that hoary form of sporting art -- the foxhunting print. N.d., late 19th century (as suggested by the binding). Oblong, 28.5 by 37.5 cm. 12 leaves, hand-colored plates on the rectos only. To be precise, Baldock, the artist, appears to have etched the outline, and then painted in colors and details. As we have been unable to locate any copies of anything by an artist named W. Baldock, we would consider this work tantamount to a fully original suite of paintings. There is no text to the pictures. They are together all of a piece, loosely conveying the thrill and pitfalls of riding and the sport, while not necessarily forming a lineal narrative. In other words, there is a visual synergy to them yet none is absolutely essential in telling a larger story. Condition: some of the leaves are loose. Occasional foxing. The binding is heavily rubbed along the edges and joints, and has some scuffs besides.