John Sewell (b.1735) - 1785 Engraving, The Dancing Horse
DescriptionPrint 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")
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.
|Artist||John Sewell (b.1735)|
|Dimensions||9.4 x 9.2cm|
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