1878 – Circus Horse at Astley’s

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“Circus Horse at Astley’s – by Harrison Weir” is a full page book plate image, taken from the “Chatterbox Album of Animals”, published by W.W.Gardner, circa 1878. The accompanying anecdote refers to another publication and quote as follows: “Captain Brown, in his Anecdotes, describes a Spanish horse that used to perform at Astley’s; This docile animal in his public performance in the amphitheatre used to ungirth his own saddle, to wash his feet in a pail of water, fetch and carry a complete tea-equipage, with other strange things, and he would even take a kettle of boiling water from off the fire.”

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1878 Circus Horse at Astley's by Harrison Weir       Book Cover: Chatterbox Album of Animals

Detail: 1878 – Circus Horse at Astley’s              Book Cover:  Chatterbox Album of Animals, 1878

1878 Circus Horse at Astley's by Harrison Weir

Detail: 1878 -Circus Horse at Astley’s  (Artist’s signature in plate)

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