1847 – Prize Stallion and Sheep, Northampton


This image is the first of two, making up a full page feature published in the July 31st 1847 edition, of “The Illustrated London News”. We feel that this is significant, as for the first time, the artist is named at the top of the image, as though Harrison has decidedly shown that he has come of age as an illustrator, and has sought that his name be firmly recognised on his work. he has finally broken the bonds of Smyth, the engraver and fellow illustrator for the News, and is duly recognised for his own efforts. In a reminiscence of his early working career, Weir tells of how ‘many of his earliest images were printed without his name’, and in many cases these would appear to only show the name of the engraver SMYTH, with no assertion as to whether Smyth was artist or illustrator or both (as he was capable of both). The end of that probable era, appears to coincide with these illustrations of the Prize-winning horses and sheep at the Royal Agricultural Society show held at Northampton. The images are bold and forthright, nothing timid here….in our details below, we show the heading which boldly announces the name of the artist…but which does not appear on our prints of the image itself. (note that the engraver is still Smyth) who is duly acknowledged with ‘Smyth Sc.’ An excellent image for the livestock historian. Available currently in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.


Detail: Prize Stallion and Sheep, Northampton, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Prize Stallion at Northampton, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1847 – Prize Stallion and Sheep, Northampton

Detail: Prizes Award at Northampton 1847, by Harrison Weir       Detail" Prize Sheep at Northampton, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1847 – Prizes Awards at Northampton  (Heading and Prize Sheep respectively)

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