Saturday, December 24, 2016

John Vanderbank - high riding school images

Christmas Eve upon us - we have been working on some traditional dishes, and enjoying the beginning of this special season.
I came across the painting and drawings of the Anglo-French painter John Vanderbank, active during the early XVIII century. Apparently he was a very gifted and talented artist, able to show the quality riding horse and the riders too.
Wikipedia has some nice photos of his equestrian art, including several high riding school pieces.

 This royal portrait shows the English monarch astride a very Spanish looking horse, buckskin stallion  full of pride and grace, ridden with log curb bit, relaxed rein and long stirrups. 

Two interesting drawings can be seen here.
Merry Christmas 

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