A Country Race Course with Horses Preparing to Start & A Country Race Course with Horses Running.

Method Etching and aquatint
Artist James Jenkins & Francis Jukes after William Mason
Published Publish'd May 20, 1786, as the Act directs By R. Pollard, Braynes Row, Spa Fields.
Dimensions Each Image 446 x 640 mm
Notes £2000 the pair.

Titles inscribed beneath images in English and French.

Preparing to Start: A humorous depiction of a racecourse, probably York, featuring spectators of different classes in the foreground, a sailor using the back of a post-chaise as a platform, and a man standing on the shoulders of a fat woman. To the right, a horse has just been stripped, and is about to be given a draught of wine, and a jockey covertly takes money from a man. In the middle distance, behind rails, more spectators are visible. Four men stand in the judge's box, including one blowing a trumpet. To the left is a row of four crowded stands, three of which are entitled 'Grand Betting Stand by T M Sweap-All', 'Red-Lyon' and 'Ladies Booth'. In the background more spectators, coaches and horses are visible against the landscape.

Running: features the same line of stands as in the background of A Country Race Course with Horses Preparing to Start. In the foreground pedestrian spectators are in close proximity to three racehorses which are followed by a crowd of men on horseback. On the left is a high phaeton carriage with a lady seated next to the driver. On the right a fat woman with a basket of pies falls over, and a boy throws himself on the ground to grab the pies. In the distance are many spectators, some stationary, but many riding and driving along the course.

James Jenkins was a British printmaker, printseller and bookseller active in London between 1780 and 1819. Based at 48 Strand, he was the father of the engraver and watercolourist Joseph John Jenkins.

Francis Jukes (1747 - 1812) was a British engraver and very early specialist in aquatint. Based in London at 1 Great Marylebone Street (May 1783), 3 Howland Street (October 1784), 10 Howland Street (1787 - 1808), and 57, Upper John Street, Fitzroy Square (1797-1812), he sometimes published in conjunction with Sarjent.

William Mason (1724 - 1797) was a British cleric, amateur draughtsman, poet, author and garden designer. Born in Hull, he entered the Church in 1754, and in 1762 became the Precentor of York Minster. A friend of Horace Walpole and Reynolds, he died in Aston, Yorkshire, where he was rector.

BM Satires 8255 & 8256, Siltzer 334

Condition: Creasing to upper right corner, and lower edge of sheet.
Framing mounted
Price £2,000.00
Stock ID 31844