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John Sewell (b.1735) - 1785 Engraving, The Dancing Horse

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Print depicting the exhibition of a learned horse act in an outside arena. Published by J. Sewell, Cornhill, 1785. Unsigned. On laid.


Age toning and minor foxing visible. Discolouration to edges from previous mount.


9.4 x 9.2cm (3.7" x 3.6")
Sheet: 20.8 x 13.3cm (8.2" x 5.2")
Plate: 19 x 11cm (7.5" x 4.3")

Collection Information

Engraving depicting Morocco, also known as the "Dancing Horse," "Thinking Horse," or the "Politic Horse." Marocco lived in the late 16th century and was well known for clever acts like walking on two feet, playing dead, distinguishing between colors, and pulling specific members of his audience. He was also known to be able to count. At one point his owner, Bankes, was arrested and charged with sorcery and had to reveal that many tricks were accomplished with subtle hand gestures.

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Code pn769
Artist John Sewell (b.1735)
Date 1785
Dimensions 9.4 x 9.2cm
Framed No
Medium Engraving
Style Realism
Subject Animals
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