Sir Leslie “Spy” Ward for Vanity Fair Magazine
‘The Huntsman’: Thomas Firr

1 November 1884


21 x 37 cm


Depicting Thomas Firr, Huntsman of the Quorn, on the day of the season’s opening meet. The illustrated volume ‘Tom Firr of the Quorn: Huntsman Extraordinary’ details Firr’s days with the hunt, and considers him ‘the greatest huntsman in England’. He was huntsman to the Quorn for 27 years from 1872 to 1899.

The Quorn Hunt has a claim to be the oldest hunt in the country, having been founded in 1696 by Mr Thomas Boothby of Tooley Park, Leicestershire. Tooley Park lies about eight miles southwest of Leicester, just to the north of the Hinckley road. The hunt takes its name from the village of Quorn, where the hounds were kennelled from 1753 to 1904.

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Condition: Good. Mounted to board, some age toning.