1849 – The Rail, The Horse-Box


What makes this piece more interesting is the details, of which you see more, the more time you spending examining the picture. It is one of four images over a two-page spread covering the movement of horses and owners to the Doncaster Races, all of which appear in the September 15th 1849 edition of “The Illustrated London News”. Only this and one other of the four pictures carries an artists logo or name, and only this one has both the engravers and artists name on it. So it would appear at least that between two and four artists were each assigned an image to create, the first being  “The Road – The Horse Van” the second being “The Rail – The Horse Box” the third showing the racehorse “Flying Dutchman” and the fourth being a view of passengers and luggage being dis-embarked at Doncaster Station. In this image, Weir has in fact given us THREE individual scenes moulded into one, and each of the first three details below give a sampling of each scene, namely “horses waiting to be loaded” “horses being loaded” and “gentlemen in discussion”. Note that he has managed to place a second artists mark by putting his initials on the Horse blanket the W super-imposed over the H. Even in the scene of gentlemen talking, in the background can be seen a Porter, between the wagons.  This image is currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.


Detail: The Rail, The Horse-Box by Harrison Weir       Detail: The Rail, The Horse-Box, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1849 – The Rail – The Horse-Box

(Horses waiting to be loaded (engravers and artists names shown) ; Horses being loaded into the Horse-Box)

Detail: The Rail - The Horse-Box, by Harrison Weir       Detail: The Rail - The Horse-Box, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1849 – The Rail – The Horse-Box

(Gentlemen in a discussion with owner and attendant; HW initials showing on Horse-blanket)

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