Monday, June 24, 2019

Upton the Uhlan & Arabians, Barbs and Turks in the English Blood Horse

Salvete Omnes,
a quick entry-
long time ago an Uhlan from Her Majesty Cavalry Roger D. Upton (1827-81AD) wrote a book titled:
Newmarket & Arabia - examining imported  racers and courses used to create the fabulous English Thoroughbred, and this fine book is available 'libre; at the Archive - world's best library.
eg list of 'Oriental' horses used in the English Blood horse breeding from the time of king James until 1800AD (according to major Upton):

We will return to our Uhlan in the future, as he did more of riding and writing on the Arabian horse.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Artemis, virtue, hunt & godess in chariot etc

Salvete Omnes,
there is so much beauty in ancient art, so here we go:

a quick collection of ancient images (mostly pottery and coins) related to Artemis, goddess of hunt and virtue, and horses, including ancient chariots.

Unusually, there is a detail (from two different examples of ancient pottery) showing Artemis in a chariot pulled by deer





all images from wiki commons - there are many other images, including Roman era sculptures  on the funerary monuments

Monday, June 17, 2019

Chodowiecki - a Pole at the Prussian court

Salvete Omnes,
a little entry of Daniel Chodowiecki, a prolific artist active in the Prussian Berlin. Maestro Daniel was from Gdansk (Danzig, the most important Polish sea port and important cultural and economic center on the Baltic Pomeranian coast, staunchly with  the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in spite of its large ethnic German population), and very very proud of his 'Polishness' although he lived and worked at the Prussian capital most of his rather long life.
He drew and etched many prints , including book illustrations - you can peruse them on wiki commons. These images offer lots of information on the daily life in Central Europe at his times (most of the XVIII century).

Both Prussia and Polish Commonwealth bred plenty of horses, Prussian kinds often buying horses for their ever growing armies, and after the Partitions of Poland (Prussia took the most important - in terms of ethnic Poles -  of all Polish lands between 1772-195) taking over many fine studs and breeding material from Polish horse stock.


note the small horses working the plow
 horse training and cavalry

 these may be old Polish cavalry - or some Polish units in Prussian service

 famous cavalryman von Zieten

Daniel knew and drew the Old Polish costume - there are a few here


a Polish stable

finally the soldier of Gdansk garrison - the mounted dragoon leading his horse and a nobleman on the right


He also illustrated the events taking place during the American Revolution.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Polish Eagles & hussar lancers - XVI century Wappenbuch

Salvete Omnes,

just a short entry on this day  but 920 years ago or on  June 7, 1099AD the Crusaders under their respective leaders reached the walls of the city of Jerusalem and the famous siege begun.
 There is a book on academia - The Social Structure of the First Crusade by Conor Kostick who is a scholar studying this period- where the various social aspects of the crusades are studied and dissected.
Deus lo vult!

Ad rem, wiki commons has many images of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania coat of arms known as Pogoń in Polish, Pahonia in Belarus, and  Vytis in modern Lithuanian, -  a charging knight with a sword brought up to strike on a galloping (white usually) horse.
During the time these drawings were created the Polish Kingdom and Grand Duchy were united under one king, of Jagiellon dynasty.

For the purposed of this post among the hundreds of Pogon in the collection there are several images of interest.
They all come from the first half of the XVI century, they are showing  White Eagle and Pogon together.
They are interesting in that they also show early winged hussars, somewhat idealized and/or simplified.



 there is also a third image, of Pogon alone and without the customary shield