Jacob Bates. The Famous English Horse Rider.Der berhumte Englishe Berieter Jacob Bates.
Engraving, extremely scarce. Platemark: 375 x 480mm (14¾ x 19"). Unexamined out of frame.
Jacob Bates was an eighteenth century English equestrian performer based in the German States, who performed as far away as Russia (1764-65) and America (1772-73), and was the first of the first showmen to make a mark as an entertainer. Bates's emulators, Price, Johnson, Balp, Coningham, Faulkes, and "Old" Sampson, had become fixtures of London's pleasure gardens, yet it does not appear that he himself ever publically exhibited in England. Bates was met with such admniration on the continent, that he chose to live in Germany, and in Nuremberg in 1766, his portrait was engraved by G.P. Nusbeigel. He is shown proudly standing by his horse in the right foreground, with a background of many other performers on one, two and three horses, watched by a large crowd of spectators in the distance.
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