|Artist||Lucas Vorsterman after Abraham van Diepenbeeck|
|Dimensions||Image 380 x 500 mm, Plate 390 x 520 mm, Sheet 420 x 530 mm|
Plate 24 from "A General System of Horsemanship in All Its Branches," (La Methode et Invention nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux). William Cavendish Duke of Newcastle's work on equestrian training and dressage, one of the finest seventeenth century illustrated books of horses.
William Cavendish Duke of Newcastle (1592 – 1676) an affluent politician, soldier and royalist, fought for Charles I during the English Civil War. He established a riding school in Antwerp with several Barbary horses obtained in Paris, and in 1657, published his influential work on equestrian training techniques, "A General System of Horsemanship in All Its Branches", "La Methode et Invention nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux". This work contained beautiful illustrations of Cavendish training and skilfully riding his horses at his Antwerp ménage and his various English estates like Welbeck Abbey and Bolsover Castle.
Lucas Vorsterman (1595-1675) was a Flemish engraver, active in Antwerp. He worked in Pieter Paul Rubens' studio from c. 1617 and soon became the painter's primary engraver. Rubens was a very demanding employer and got in a fight with Vorsterman, after having fired many of the other engravers resulting in more pressure landing on Vorsterman's shoulders. In 1624 Vorsterman moved to England, working for patrons such as Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel and Charles I of England, before returning to Antwerp 1630. Back in Antwerp he collaborated with Anthony Van Dyck, for example on the publication of artists' portraits in "Iconographie".
Abraham van Diepenbeeck (1596 - 1675) was a Flemish painter, glass-painter and designer of prints and tapestries. He was a pupil and assistant of Peter Paul Rubens. He worked in 's-Hertogenbosch, Antwerp, and in the early 1630s in Paris.
Condition: Centre fold as issued.