Details: NEWCASTLE, William Cavendish, Duke of (1592-1676) and Gaspard de SAUNIER. La rÃ©sne du CavÃ¨sson atacke au pomme de la Selle pour donner le plÃ¿ au Cheval et pour travailler les barres et la gourmette sur le trot et galop des cerrles larges. [Pl. 19]. London: J. Brindley, 1743. Copper engraving after Abraham van Diepenbeeck with later professional hand-colouring. Very good condition apart from some light foxing, a 3/4" tear along the lower part of the central crease, and some small losses in the right margin. Plate mark: 15 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches. Sheet size: 17 1/4 x 22 inches.
A fine plate from 'A General System of Horsemanship in All Its Branches', Cavendish's extraordinary didactic work on equestrian dressage.
An affluent politician, soldier, and devoted Royalist, William Cavendish fought for Charles I during the English Civil War. He established a riding school in Antwerp with several Barbary horses obtained in Paris, and in 1657, published his revolutionary and influential work on equestrian training techniques, 'La Methode et Invention nouvelle de Dresser les Chevaux'. An English edition was published in 1743 as 'A General System Of Horsemanship In All Its Branches', with beautiful illustrations of Cavendish skillfully training and riding his horses at his Antwerp mÃ©nage and his various English estates like Bolsover Castle and Welbeck Abbey.
Cf. Brunet I.1700; cf. Mellon Books on the Horse and Horsemanship p. 49; cf. Mennessier de la Lance II, p. 250; cf. Nissen ZBI 849.
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