A beautiful antique hand coloured copper plate engraving of an elegant greyhound dog in motion.
Claret was the son of 'Czarina' a line of coursing greyhounds in the 1800's who won many matches. The etching was created in London in 1801 for William Barker Daniel's work on British rural sports. Published by Bunny & Gold. This piece is better in person. Measures 12 1/4" x 10 1/4."
A bit more history: A greyhound match in the 1800's involved two hounds set after a hare. The hare was given what was considered a fair racing chance. The idea behind the 'match' being more about the speed of the racing greyhound vs actually catching the hare. I'm sure the rabbits wearn't impressed by the prowess of the hounds any more than the foxes by the hounds. Both cruel & thoughtless archaic sports. The greyhound however is in no way to blame for being put to such a task and remains a beautiful elegant dog.