1861 – Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Cattle Club Show

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An exquisitely detailed full page image from the “Illustrated London News” published December 21, 1861, combining the talents of artist Harrison Weir (Del) and engraver W.Thomas (Sc).

“Smithfield” has a long and mixed history. It refers to that corner of London, where originally political prisoners were executed in public, including famous personages like the Scottish patriot, William Wallace. But its main significance, was as a large common marketplace, for over 800 years; predominantly for meat, later as a Sheep and Cattle Market, where sheep, cattle, horses, pigs and the like were traded and sold in their hundreds of thousands, annually. But by the time Harrison Weir was a young man in the 1840’s, there was a substantial opposition to it, on grounds of filth, effluent, pestilence, danger and of course, what were considered to be acts of cruelty to animals and abominable sights. Many were in favour of relocating the Livestock Market to outside the city.  In December of each year, quality livestock would compete for medals and prize-money. From the 1840’s, with the rebirth of illustrated periodicals, prize-winners were reported in the press, and Harrison Weir was among the artists commissioned to bring them to life in these pages.  Weir in particular, seemed to dominate in his portrayal of livestock for some considerable length of time. His farm upbringing and familiarity with their conformation, giving him a definitive “edge”.

This exceptional example, is currently available in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options. However, we also believe it has sufficient detail and clarity to go to A1 for the serious agricultural enthusiast!

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Detail: 1861 Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show by Harrison Weir       Detail: 1861 Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1861 – Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show  (Pigs) and (Cattle and Sheep)

Detail: 1861 Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show, by Harrison Weir          Full Page Image: 1861 Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show

Detail: 1861 – Prize Cattle at the Smithfield Club Cattle Show  / Full Page Image: The Illustrated London News, Dec 21, 1861.

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