The Oakley Hunt opened in 1798 in England as a multi-parish hunt, originally with stag hunting and then moving to the popular fox-hunt in the 1800s and continues on today, although as of 2004 foxes are no longer hunted. Thomas Blinks was a Victorian painter (1860-1912) in London who excelled at sporting scenes and particularly the popular fox hunt painted in a very realistic style. Engraver J.B. Pratt reproduced eighty paintings by blink because of the popular appeal, and the Oakley had 8-10 images in the series. Lovely fall tones with washed skies bring the focus to the magnificent riders and horses. The first print shows a red-coated hunter on a black horse with a side saddle lady in front and a couple of grey horses clearing the fence to his right (and one that fell to his far right!) and this one is titled “Harkaway”. The second print shows a red-coated hunter on a fine grey in front of the pack with the hounds at his side and this one is titled “Full Cry”. Both are presented under glass with a grey/green beveled mat with burgundy core and gold lines, simple wood frame in gold with black trim, plain kraft paper back with wire hanger. Both prints are in excellent condition, sold as a pair only, prints are from the 1960s. Each measures 17 ½ x 13 ½.
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