Running out of the Course

Thomas Rowlandson British
Publisher S. W. Fores British

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The print comes from a group by Rowlandson devoted to moments in horse racing--interestingly none shows a finish. When first published around 1789, the titles were "The Mount," "The Start," "The Betting Post," and "The Course." The present example comes from an expanded reissue of 1798-99 with titles altered to "Mounting" (59.533.1697), "Racing" (59.533.1694), "Betting" (59.533.1695), with "Between Heats" (59.533.514, 59.533.1700), and "Weighing" (59.533.1696) and "Running out of the Course" (59.533.1698) added. One of the latter, this shows a jockey struggling to control his mount which threatens spectators--fences rarely lined courses at this period, even near the finish.

Running out of the Course, Thomas Rowlandson (British, London 1757–1827 London), Hand-colored etching and aquatint

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