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The Female Fox Hunter, produced in London ca. 1770. She’s wearing a riding habit with her heels, an outfit composed of a shirt, necktie or cravat, waistcoat, jacket, and petticoat; the riding habit was based on the cut of men’s clothes and worn as casual dress for active pursuits.

The Female Fox Hunter, produced in London ca. 1770. She’s wearing a riding habit with her heels, an outfit composed of a shirt, necktie or cravat, waistcoat, jacket, and petticoat; the riding habit was based on the cut of men’s clothes and worn as casual dress for active pursuits.

"Easter Monday, or the Cockney Hunt"  in Epping Forest, 1807  (London Metropolitan Archives, via Flickr)

"Easter Monday, or the Cockney Hunt" in Epping Forest, 1807 (London Metropolitan Archives, via Flickr)

With characteristic business acumen, rubens created a market for a new art form: very large hunting scenes painted on canvas, of which this one is the first. Description from weddingdecorateideas.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

With characteristic business acumen, rubens created a market for a new art form: very large hunting scenes painted on canvas, of which this one is the first. Description from weddingdecorateideas.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Fashion Plate (A French Lady on Horseback), England, London 1781-1812, LACMA Collections Online

Fashion Plate (A French Lady on Horseback), England, London 1781-1812, LACMA Collections Online

Viscount Weymouth's Hunt: The Hon. John Spencer beside a Hunter held by a Young Boy, 1733-6 by John Wootton

Viscount Weymouth's Hunt: The Hon. John Spencer beside a Hunter held by a Young Boy, 1733-6 by John Wootton

The female fox hunter from the original picture originally by John Collet (earlier picture). Printed 1796. Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection.

The female fox hunter from the original picture originally by John Collet (earlier picture). Printed 1796. Lewis Walpole Library Digital Collection.

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined. He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity. There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent; there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient......All our history is his industry. We are his heirs, he our inheritance. Ladies and Gentlemen--the Horse!" - Ronald Duncan

Where in this wide world can man find nobility without pride, friendship without envy or beauty without vanity? Here, where grace is laced with muscle, and strength by gentleness confined. He serves without servility; he has fought without enmity. There is nothing so powerful, nothing less violent; there is nothing so quick, nothing more patient......All our history is his industry. We are his heirs, he our inheritance. Ladies and Gentlemen--the Horse!" - Ronald Duncan

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