Symptoms of Rearing.
London. Publish'd Feb.y 27.th 1799, by J. Harris, Sweetings Alley, Cornhill.
Very fine hand-coloured etching. Plate 285 x 406mm (11¼ x 16"). Fine colour.
An elderly country parson, in profile to the right, on a horse which rears almost vertically, he clasps the animal round the neck, and is seated on his hind-quarters, having lost his stirrups and slipped from the saddle. His whip flies through the air behind him, his coat-tails fly out, and the sheets of his sermon inscribed 'IOB' protrude from his pocket. A small dog rushing towards the animal's hind-legs and barking furiously appears to have caused the 'symptoms of rearing'. The parish clerk, with two large volumes under his arm, beside the horse, looks over his right shoulder and stoops or runs to escape being trampled on. Trees and a church steeple are indicated in the background.
From the Watt Collection. BM Satires: 6340.
[Ref: 28354] £220.00