Thomas Blinks (1853-1912) was a British Victorian artist best known for his hunting, racing and canine pictures and portraits. It is said he learned to draw horses by watching the races at Tattersal. This is a very rare hand-tinted engraving of the original watercolor finished in 1894 titled The First Jump, portraying a handsome scarlet-coated hunter on his grey horse clearing the first jump of the hunt, with a large field of hunters in the background giving a visual depiction of just how impressive these hunts could be. The edges of this engraving are recessed, meaning it was neither a lithograph or poster but a genuine engraving and the hand-coloring is beautifully done. Presented in a Gold wood frame under glass and a natural linen mat, a new frame would really make this print pop, the gold in this frame is muted and the edges have some scrapes and blemishes. (The Frame is much newer than the print). The paper is only lightly discolored at the edges of the mat (probably not acid free); engravers marks at bottom edge, artist signature and date on the lower left, c1930s. Print size is approx. 19x27 inches, framed size is 27 x 35 inches:
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