HALL, After Henry (1815-1881)
Boston: Published by S. F. Cassino, 1881. Colour-printed lithograph mounted on card as issued. "Engraved" by Armstrong and Company after Hall. Lower right: "Henry Hall Haymarket 1879". Lower left corner: "PAROLE". Very good condition. Image size (including text): 10 5/8 x 14 5/8 inches. Sheet size: 14 5/8 x 18 5/8 inches.
A charming image from "American Racing Horses," a collection of prints depicting some of the most eminent race horses in America during the late 19th century.
Harry Hall "lived at Newmarket throughout his life having a small stable-studio off the High Street... He is probably best known for the engravings of Derby, St Leger and Gold Cup winners published by a succession of London print publishers. The first was Fuller, followed by Moore and then Baily.... Hall was familiar with every level of the eccentric strata of the turf during his lifetime.... [and] all made their pilgrimage to his Newmarket studio to discover his views on racehorses of the day. In his own behaviour he was a quiet man, devoted to his wife and children... At the end of his life, photography was beginning to take the place of the portrait artist, but as a recorder of horses and the turf between 1840 and 1882, Harry Hall had no equal." (Charles Lane British Racing Prints pp.108-109) Though Parole was an American horse, this portrait is set in Newmarket, England. The jockey is Fred Archer, leading jockey of his day.
Cf. Benezit, Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs, vol. 13, p. 332.