DOYLE, John (1797-1868)
Life of the Race Horse: Watering [No. 5]; Sweating [No. 7]; Rubbing, after a sweat [No. 8]; Feeding [No. 9]
London: Rodwell and Martin, 1823. Lithographs, coloured by hand, by and after John Doyle, printed by Charles Hullmandel. Image size (including text): 10 1/2 x 14 3/8 inches. Sheet size: 12 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches.
Fine, carefully observed lithographic studies of the horses as well as their grooms and trainers.
The present lithographs are from the very rare series entitled 'Life of the Race Horse' by John Doyle, and not listed in Mellon, Siltzer or Abbey. Charles Lane gives some details of the series but notes that it consists of eight plates, the present plate is numbered 9, and may, therefore, indicate that more than eight images were produced. John Doyle "was born in Ireland and after studying under portrait and miniature painters and at the Dublin Society Drawing Academy, he came to England in about 1822. At first a portrait painter, he later became a caricaturist of note signing such work 'H.B.' (two conjoined JDs). He exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1825 and 1835 from London addresses. Doyle painted several sporting scenes. Those of horses have a powerful impact both in the subject and his ability to use light to great advantage. Most of all, the portraits of owners and trainers are particularly fine.' (Lane). Incidentally, Doyle was also the grandfather of the creator of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Charles Lane, British Sporting Prints 1700-1940 , pp.99-100.