Isabella Loraine-Smith, Hunters on Horseback-Early 19th-century graphite drawing


An original 1827 graphite drawing, Isabella Loraine-Smith Foxhunting.

These lively graphite studies, with pen and ink, depict various elements of foxhunting. On laid paper with 1827 watermark.The drawing is by Isabella of the Loraine-Smith family, wife of Loraine Loraine-Smith and daughter-in-law of Charles Loraine-Smith  (1751-1835),of Enderby Hall in Leicestershire, the keen horseman and horse painter.

Signed upper left 'Isabella.'
There is a strip of brown paper backing along the top of the verso of the sheet, which has caused some rippling to the front. There are various further light creases, nicks and marks to the paper as shown.
19.8cm x 32cm.

This work is one of a fascinating collection of equestrian pictures we have for sale connected with two highly regarded horse painters: Charles Loraine-Smith (1751-1835), a keen horseman known for his early hunting and sporting scenes; and Charles Cooper Henderson (1803-1877), the preeminent painter of Victorian horses and coaches. Both artists were instrumental in developing the genre of horse painting, and achieved fame and popularity through print reproductions after their work. At a time when animal painting was seen as a ‘lower’ form of art, these artists were pioneering in establishing the respectability and status of the genre.

The collection includes signed works by both these artists, as well a number of interesting works by other members of the Loraine-Smith family: Charles’s son, Reverend Loraine Loraine Smith (1784-1857), and daughter-in-law, Isabella – who were both keen horse-riders, and produced personal studies of horses and hunting subjects under Charles’s influence.

This collection also includes horse pictures by other notable names, such as Jules Léon Montigny, Henry Thomas Alken, Anthony Devis and Frank L. Emanuel. And there are studies after George Stubbs, James Pollard and Leonardo da Vinci.

The story behind why these equestrian pictures have come together is a mystery, but it is possible that the collection was at one time owned by Charles Cooper Henderson. Our collection includes a watercolour by William James Müller – and, interestingly, Charles’s brother, the distinguished art collector John Henderson, was an avid collector of Müller’s works. Together, these pictures, spanning the late 18th into the early 19th century, show the ever increasing British obsession with all things equine.

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Product code: JH-991

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