A Hawking Party by Frederick Tayler, 1863
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A Hawking Party by Frederick Tayler, 1863

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"A Hawking Party" Painted by Frederick Tayler and Engraved by Charles Cousen from The Art Journal, 1863


Young noblemen are seen here in full hawking costume. They've ridden up to their birds and dogs, which have caught two small birds. The hunting birds are shown here on top of a cadge, the wooden frame used to set them down before releasing them, and are decorated in hoods (leather hats that are meant to keep the animals calm). Hawking, also known as falconry, has a longstanding tradition in Great Britain. Falconry was brought to the European continent by Eastern invaders in the 5th century, and was practiced by the Saxons in 9th century England. It was common in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, and was a favorite past-time of kings, such as Henry the VIII. During the time of this image's creation hawking was experiencing a surge in popularity after its decline in the early 19th century.
Frederick Tayler, also known as John Frederick Tayler, was a British landscape painter who primarily created watercolors of sport scenes. His father died in the army, and he was directed to a career in the church by his uncle, a dean in the town of Oxford. However, he was able to follow his artistic desires by training with Henry Sass and succeeded in entering into England's Royal Academy. Later, he worked with Horace Vernet, Paul Delaroche, and Richard Parkes Bonington in Paris. In the 1850s, he served as President of the Royal Watercolour Society. As an engraver himself his paintings translated well from canvas to print and this image is a fine example of beautifully detailed 19th century engraving.

The Art Union Monthly Journal was first published by Hodgson and Graves in 1839, but was later purchased by Virtue & Co. one decade later due to financial struggles. Although they attempted to reinvent the publication, even renaming it as The Art Journal, finances did not improve until 1852. The journal printed engravings of art, such as A Hawking Party, to accompany their essays on the pieces, the artists, and artistic movements. Critics that worked for The Art Journal were deeply concerned with the progress of art and idolized the Old Masters of the High Renaissance. The journal, which was in print until 1912, also reviewed the Royal Academy's annual exhibitions and is now remembered for a decade-long crusade against the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.
- Onastasia Youssef
Plate size: 7" x 9.75"
Sheet size: 9.5" x 12.5"
Condition: In good general antiquarian condition, with minor stains along edges. 

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