||DALBY, After David (1794-1836)
Tarrare, the Winner of the Great St. Leger, at Doncaster, 1826. (Ninety-five Subscribers - Twenty-seven Started.) By Catton, out of Henrietta, by Sir Solomon. The Property of the Right Honble. the Earl of Scarborough. To whom this Print, by Permission is most respectfully dedicated by the Publishers
[Doncaster]: W. Sheardown & Sons, . Aquatint, printed in colours and finished by hand, by C. Hunt, 'Minerva head' blindstamp. Image size (including text): 12 x 16 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 16 9/16 x 22 1/4 inches.
A fine print from the 'Winners of the Great St. Leger Series', started by John Frederick Herring and ably continued here: David Dalby's "portraits of horses are very fine" (Charles Lane).
David Dalby "was born in 1794 and is noted as an animal painter in a York directory in 1815. Within five years he was busy with commissions from the Yorkshire hunting and racing fraternity. The racehorse owner Richard Watt of Bishop Burton was an important patron. Dalby painted primarily in York but also at Leeds and Doncaster where he may have lived from time to time during his comparatively short life. His portraits of horses are very fine and it is sad that so few were engraved." (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.97)
"In 1825 The Doncaster Gazette commissioned [John Frederick] Herring to paint a series of pictures of the winners of the St. Leger starting in 1815... W. Sheardown and Sons of Doncaster published these brilliantly engraved prints (by Thomas Sutherland) in 1825 with the 1826 winner, Tarrare, contributed by David Dalby. Messrs Fuller of London... continued the series until the mid-1840s." (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.120)
Lane British Racing Prints p.97.