Portrait of a Shorn Ewe of the New Leicestershire Stock.'Fed by his Grace the Duke of Bedford, & produc'd at the Grand Shew of Cattle in Smithfield, on Saturday 14 Dec. 1799.
Published Feb. 8th, 1800, by J. Coles No. 87 West Smithfield.
Mezzotint and etching printed in colour. Extremely rare. Sheet size: 290 x 350mm (11½ x 13¾"). Trimmed inside platemark.
A rare portrait of a prize ewe owned by the Duke of Bedford. In profile to the right, within a flat landscape with hills and small trees in the right distance, and small stones and leafy plants in the foreground. Throughout the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, advances in agricultural methods and techniques were reflected in contemporary prints. The rising popularity in selective breeding techniques at this time led to a variety of new breeds of pigs, sheep and cattle, such as the 'Durham Ox' (see item ref: 2638) the most famous animal exhibit of the period, which was depicted with a similar broad shape to the prize winning ewe in this print.
Frankau: 64. B:140. Ex Collection: the Late Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 35373] £1,350.00