19th Century English Hunt Scene. _ SOLD

Riding to the hounds originates in the late 17th century as a method of controlling the fox population which endangered farmer’s poultry. By the 19th century, it became a sport of riding horses and trailing the fox with hounds.

And so the morning hunt meeting is in front of your English country house. Your neighbors in scarlet and black cutaway jackets are surrounded by a dozen and a half hunting hounds now yapping away in anticipation of the chase through estates of hills and hedgerows.  The horses and hounds seem tuned to each other with their stares.
Oil on canvas, relined, with fine gilt frame having molded corners.
Overall h. 34″, w. 42″.  $3600.