Plate 33 from "La Methode et Invention Nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux" by William Cavendish, 1657 - "Monseigneur le Marquis à cheval"

This engraving shows William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle mounted on a horse performing an air above the ground.
Below the horse there is an inscription "Groupades sur les Voltes à Main Gauche" which I think roughly translates as "Groups of left hand flights ".
Certainly the Duke is holding his reins in the left hand and the hoof prints below the horse indicate a series of movements.
In the background one can see Bolsover Castle and its "gallerie".
The print would have been inscribed "Abr. Diepenbeke delineavit (Abraham van Diepenbeeck the artist) on its lower left margin, but there has been damage and restoration to theis part.
It is marked "Thod. van Kessel fecit" (Theodor van Kessel, the engraver) and numbered 33 in the lower right corner.

There is restored damage to the lower border on the left side, and in the middle of the centre line ( over the duke's hand), otherwise it is in quite good condition for its age with an original central fold line.
It has been mounted in cream card and has a protective plastic wrapping.

William Cavendish (1592-1676) was an English aristocrat who fought as a royalist general during the English Civil War, he spent the duration of the commonwealth in Europe before returning to England at the restoration of Charles II.
During his exile in Europe he published 'La Methode et Invention nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux' an early study on equitation, training and dressage. There was a later English edition of the book in 1743.

Dimensions : Print measures 20¼" (51.5cm) x 15¼" (39cm)
Mount measures 26⅜" (67cm ) x 21¾" (55cm)

Ref: Cavendish-33

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