The horse, of compact configuration with heavy shoulders, possibly a hunter, stands facing to the right with all four legs showing, wearing single rein and a simple bridle. 1 vols. Plate 4 x 6 inches, framed to 7 x 9 inches overall. Fine condition. Custom black morocco backed slipcase and matching cloth chemise Item #261152
Eugene Connett, founder and proprietor of The Derrydale Press had two major personal sporting interests: angling, and wildfowling, both of which are depicted in the scant handful of original watercolors he made for his own amusement. These, while most appealing, are obviously products of an amateur hand. This etching, by all indications the only one he ever did, differs, both in subject matter and degree of skill: despite a certain stiffness in delineating the contours of the animal's body, it is a near professional piece of work, and it seems almost incredible that, knowing what we do about Connett's artistic penchant, he rose to such heights. Something about the etching suggests that it may be the portrait of a specific horse--in which case the accomplishment is even greater. Connett as publisher, writer, and sportsman comes, with this unique example, into the realm of sporting artist--an unexpected distinction, up to now.
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