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Auction 107, Lot 602

"Charles le Second: Roy de la Grande Bretagne", Cavendish, William

Subject: Horsemanship

Period: 1743 (published)

Publication: A General System of Horsemanship

Color: Hand Color

19.5 x 14.8 inches
49.5 x 37.6 cm
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A superb copper engraving of Charles II mounted on a magnificent stallion on a hill overlooking London. A soldier in the foreground is slaying a multi-headed dragon. Above the king is a group of putti and angles each holding a crown, while a cherub behind him carries his knight's helmet. William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle (1592-1676), established his famous riding-school in Antwerp while living there in exile. This classic work is not only one of the most beautiful books on horses ever published, but also was a landmark in the development of equestrian technique. William Cavendish's emphasis on systematic and humane training was revolutionary for its era, and his teaching has exerted a lasting and far-reaching influence on the art of riding. A General System of Horsemanship was first published in a French edition in 1658 - this engraving by Chaucercken after Van Diepenbeeck is from the first English edition.


Condition: A

Brown paper hinge tape in top margins, well away from plate. Paper edges slightly worn.

Estimate: $250 - $300

Sold for: $325

Closed on 6/9/2004