Publish'd May 20 1786, as the Act directs. By R. Pollard, Braynes Row, Spa Fields.
Sepia aquatint and etching. Plate 515 x 691mm (20¼ x 27¼"). Small tear into lower edge, laid on card.
The atmosphere of a racecourse vividly depicted. In the foreground are a mix of spectators, including a man wearing a star. The back of a post-chaise in which sits a lady serves as platform for a sailor and a man supported on the shoulders of a fat woman. A horse has just been stripped, and is about to be given a draught of wine; a jockey surreptitiously takes money from a man (right). Another jockey sits on his horse. In the middle distance, behind rails, are more spectators, on horseback, on a coach, and in a cart. Four men are in the judge's box, one blows a trumpet. Behind (left) is a row of four crowded stands, three of which are: 'Grand Betting Stand by T M Sweap-all'; 'Red-Lyon'; 'Ladies Booth'. In the background are more spectators, coaches and horses, against an undulating landscape.
EX: Broadlands Collection; Siltzer: P.334. BM Satires: 8255.
[Ref: 28674] £460.00