While our images are electronically watermarked, the antique prints themselves are not.
Each print measures approximately 22
inches wide by 18 inches long.
These beautiful, extravagantly
engraved prints capture one of the most romantic &
difficult times in European history, when the horse was
still king & its training of supreme importance in
William Cavendish the Duke of
Newcastle was a
Royalist or Cavalier, with the long flowing locks and
sumptuous clothes typical of his class. It was the time
of the English Civil War, with Olive Cromwell & his
party of Roundheads gaining ascendancy over the
Royalists. The roundheads, a term of derision, were so
called because of their short hair as “they
had the hair of their heads very few of them longer than
their ears.” The war was both a religious & class war,
with the Royalists mostly aristocratic Episcopalians or
Catholics asserting the “Divine Right of Kings” & the
Roundheads Puritans from the merchant & working class,
believing in democracy and religious reform.
Having fought for
King Charles I, who was executed, Cavendish was exiled
to France during Cromwell’s reign. There he pursued, in
the manner befitting a nobleman, the training of his
eight Barbary horses for “the service of the Field in
Time of War, or for the Exercise & Improvement of
Gentlemen in the Acadenmy at home.”
He published his
theories in this area first in Antwerp in 1657 & then
again in England in 1743, after the death of Cromwell &
the restoration of the monarchy. Many of the scenes show
him at the great estates of Belsover Castle & Welbeck
Abbey, which still exist today & are open to the public.
These large copper
engravings are beautifully executed by Abraham
Van Diepenbeke . Each print is
a double folio, measuring approximately 22 inches wide
by 18 inches tall on chain lined paper with an
occasional fleur de lys watermark. There is a central
fold & some with additional soft folds which will matt
out. The condition is excellent for their age of some
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