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“If I was to drink a glass ‘o XX. I shouldn’t shoot nothing.”


Not all English sporting prints are of serious profiles of horse flesh.  Henry Heath published a series of “humorous” caricatures in his book “Sporting Alphabet.”  In this particular image, two men are drinking beer and wine.  The tall, skinny man is holding a rifle discussing what would happen if he drank further.

Two men drinking from Henry Heath "Sporting Alphabet" 1840. [1]

Two men drinking from Henry Heath “Sporting Alphabet” 1840. [1]


[1] “Doubles and singles” study for “Sporting Alphabet”, Henry Heath, 1828-1832.  #1930,0414.60.  The British Museum.

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