Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Pencil
  • 8 ¼ × 6 ¼ inches · 210 × 160 mm
  • Drawn in c. 1730

Collections

  • Major A. R. Tavener RE, to 2017

This characterful drawing by James Seymour shows a mounted jockey, executed rapidly on the page of a sketchbook it is typical of Seymour’s surviving drawings. Vertue tells us that Seymour ‘from his infancy had a genius to drawing of Horses – this he pursued with spirit’ adding that he: ‘livd gay high and loosely – horse raceing gameing woman &c.’[1]

Judy Egerton established that Seymour’s father, Colonel James Seamer, was involved with racing, supplying plate for racing trophies, and was instrumental in organizing race meetings at Guildford. Racing was a burgeoning activity in early eighteenth-century Britain and Seymour’s rapid, ad vivum studies offer fascinating evidence of the sport in its infancy.

References

  1. Vertue, III, p.86.