1871 – The Paris Horsemarket

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Simply put, this is an astonishing piece of work. Although the subject matter is somewhat negative, the Paris horse market, at this time was both a sales yard and a place where horses were disposed of, for the meat market. The caption reads: “The Paris Horse Market, Boulevard D’Enfer & Boulevard Montrouge (Sketch by Balloon Post)” The drawing is signed by Harrison Weir, and was done during the time of the siege of Paris, when food supplies were indeed short. Mail at the time could only be secured by Balloon Post, as suggested, which would indicate that Weir visited Paris to draw this and other scenes and sent this one back via Balloon Post. The actual original printed feature image, covers two full pages in the January 7th edition of “The Illustrated London News”, which would suggest that Weir may have been there over the New Year period. There are so many sub-themes within the illustration itself, that the viewer is simply captured in a fantasy world of movement and horses and their owners/traders.  The work is a masterful composition, with excellent perspective and countless animals and people,and shows Weir at the height of both his technical and artistic capabilities. (and not forgetting that this is only 6 months before his first and famous 1871 Cat Show at the Crystal Palace in London, in July!). The grand size of the original print gave us a few technical difficulties of its own, as scanning had to be done on a commercial machine large enough to cope…and then the file size was so great, most computer programs could not manipulate it. But a compromise was found, and we are pleased to be able to offer it in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options. We are also working on a possible A1 option for the future.

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Detail: The Paris Horsemarket by Harrison Weir       Detail: The Paris Horsemarket by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir

Detail: The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir       Detail: The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir

Detail: The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir       Detail: The Paris Horsemarket, signature of Harrison Weir

Details: 1871 – The Paris Horsemarket, by Harrison Weir (Last detail with artist signature in plate).

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