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Pointers
London: Published by Edw. Orme, Bond Street, the corner of Brook Str, 1817. Mezzotint. Printed on wove paper. In good condition with the exception of being trimmed just outside the platemark on all sides. A few creases in image and a small mended tear on bottom margin. Crease along upper left corner. Image size: 18 7/8 x 23 ¾ inches. A captivating English mezzotint depicting two pointers At the sudden apprehension of the scent, both dogs stop dead in their tracks. The black dog in the foreground is transfixed, fiercely ready. Both dogs will spring into action at the order. Careful attention has been paid to every aspect of their poses, their bodies completely given to the scent of their prey. This superb rendering by John Nost Sartorius is perfectly captured by William Ward, one of the masters of mezzotint, who emphasizes the hypnotic state mind the pointers are thrown into. For most of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, animal portraiture, in particular paintings and engravings of prized hunting dogs, became a veritable craze in England. This national passion occupied the talents and imaginations of some of the country's best artists, and created an entire genre of sporting art. Dictionary of National Biography.
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