Lionel Edwards (1878 – 1966)
The Beaufort Hunt. Kill Above Sodbury Vale. (1925)
38 x 52 cm
Signed in plate lower right and in pencil lower left outside the plate.
Printed and Published by Eyre and Spottiswoode.
A Lionel Edwards lithograph depicting the Beaufort – part of the artist’s 1925 ‘Hunting Countries’ series. The Beaufort’s hunt dress is peculiar to the country in that the Huntsman and Whippers-In wear green and the subscribers a blue coat with buff facings.
The earliest records of hounds being kennelled at Badminton date back to 1640 when the then Marquis of Worcester hunted mainly deer, but hare and fox as well. Dukes of Beaufort have either hunted hounds themselves or have been in the Mastership since the title was created in 1682 and the hounds, kennels and stables still belong to them. The 10th Duke was master from 1924 to 1984 and so great was his contribution to foxhunting he became universally known as “Master”. The Beaufort is one of the few remaining private packs.
Lionel Edwards was a British artist who specialised in pictures of country life, particularly horses, and provided illustrations for Country Life. He is best known for his hunting scenes but also painted pictures of horse racing, shooting and fishing.
Condition: generally very good; some fading to the clouds.
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