by WOODWARD, George Moutard | ROWLANDSON, Thomas |
1799. first edition. The Exceedingly Rare "Pleasing Effects of Teaching a Horse to Dance"And Other Vagaries of Horse ComportmentWOODWARD, George Moutard, and ROWLANDSON, Thomas. Horse Accomplishments. R. Ackermann, 1799. Oblong quarto (10 3/4 x 13 3/8 in; 273 x 340 mm). Twelve hand colored aquatint plates drawn by Woodward and etched by Rowlandson, with droll captions by Woodward. Average image size: (8 1/4 x 10 3/4 in; 210 x 273 mm).Plates watermarked J. Whatman, 1794. Small stain on lower right margin of first plate (not affecting image) and some very light foxing to the margins of a few plates. A wonderful copy with especially fine hand coloring.The plate titles refer to the behavior of both the horses and their riders.Bound by Rivière & Son (stamp-signed on front turn-in) ca. 1910 in full red crushed levant morocco. Covers triple ruled in gilt, spine with five raised bands, decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt in compartments, gilt ruled board edges, decorative gilt turn-ins, marbled end-papers, all edges gilt. Expertly re-backed with the original spine laid down. Red leather bookplate on front paste-down of Alfred Barmore Maclay (1871-1944), the namesake of the Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Florida.Exceedingly rare, with only two copies brought to auction in over forty years, the Whitney copy (Sotheby's NY, 1999, $12,000+premium); the other copy at Christies in 1977. OCLC and KVK locate only three copies, in Houghton Library at Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. It is quite astounding that none of the institutions in the British national library system have any copies of this waggish satire on equine behavior (the plate titles refer to the horses) and the consequent frustrations of those who ride them.Of the great Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) nothing needs to be added here.Of George Murgatroyd Woodward (1760?1809), caricaturist and author, the DNB notes that he, "later known as Mustard George, grew up in a Derbyshire town, living with his father and, to judge by the evidence of his later writings, received a sound education. He took early to caricature, ridiculing his neighbours in Derbyshire; a folio of these drawings dated 1781 is in the Derby Local Studies Library, among a sizable collection of his prints, drawings, and book illustrations. His caricatures having caused something of a local stir, he persuaded his father to let him seek his fortune in London."Apart from two caricature prints dated 1785 designed by Woodward and published by him from 28 Cary Street, Lincoln's Inn, London, it was not until 1790 that he made an impact on the London scene. Thereafter his output was copious. The British Museum catalogues list 525 examples of his work from the next twenty years, published by Holland, Fores, Ackermann, and latterly Tegg, all leading printsellers. These prints, designed by Woodward, are etched by othersRowlandson, who was his friend and drinking companion, Isaac Cruikshank, Roberts, and Williams. Woodward's original drawings are vigorous [and] his value lay in his humorous ideas."Woodward might have rivalled Hogarth. Certainly his collaboration with Rowlandson constituted a lively, if frivolous, commentary on the social scene. Dorothy George described him as original, prolific, varied, humorous and good-humoured, and few students of the subject would dispute her conclusion that his death was a loss to caricature (George, English Political Caricature, 1.174)" Oxford DNB). Abbey, Life, 397. Prideaux, p. 350. Lewine,l p. 480. De Ricci, The Book Collector's Guide pp. 471, 641. Grolier Club Catalog, No. 54. Gordon, BC-38.The Plates:1. An Astronomer !!2. A Paviour !!3. A Whistler !!4. A Devotee !!5. A Politician !!6. A Time Keeper !!7. A Civilian !!8. An Arithmetician !!9. A Loiterer !!10. A Minuet Dancer !!11. A Land Measurer !!12. A Vaulter !! (Inventory #: 03721)
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