REYNOLDS, Samuel William after RICHARD ANSDELL (1815 - 1885)
THE WATERLOO COURSING MEETING
Manchester & London: Thomas Agnew & Messrs. Ackermann, 1842. Engraved on heavy wove paper, sheet: 24 3/4 x 43 1/4 inches with publisher's blind stamp.
A grand group portrait of an aristocratic coursing party near Liverpool.
The event was known as the Waterloo Cup Coursing Meeting, and it took place on the Sefton Estate at Altcar near Liverpool. Depicted among the participants are the Earl and Countess of Sefton, Lord Douglas and Lord Eglinton. A reviewer commented on the fine drawing of the greyhounds, and in fact the whole ensemble of sportsmen and women, horses and dogs are beautifully rendered by Ansdell. Richard Ansdell (1815-1885) was a native of Liverpool. He established himself as one of the best painters of country life and sport and soon had a national reputation. This led him to move to London in 1847 where he enjoyed continued success adding portraiture to his repertoire. Samuel William Reynolds, Jr. (1794-1872) was the son of and successor to S. W. Reynolds. They were both engravers of the highest order.