Hackney Horse

Title: Hackney Horse
Date: C1907
Artist: Otto Eerelman (1839-1926)
Image Size: 440mm x 590mm (17.32" x 23.23")
Technique: Original colour lithograph printed on textured paper to simulate brush strokes
Condition: In good condition.
Stock Number: ECTM 018 HOR (IFGY) (FLR)
Price: $A 475

Stunning large portrait of a Hackney horse. The lithographs were printed on textured paper to look like oil paintings.

The Hackney Horse breed was developed in the C14th in Norfolk when the King of England required powerful but attractive horses with an excellent trot, to be used for general purpose riding horses. The trotting horses were more suitable as war horses than amblers with their pacing gaits. As a result, in 1542 King Henry VIII required his wealthy subjects keep a specified number of trotting horse stallions for breeding use.  In about 1729 a Norfolk Trotter stallion and an Arabian stallion contributed to the foundation stock for the modern Hackney Horse. The resulting Norfolk Roadster, as it was known, was a heavily built horse that was used as a work horse by farmers and others. It was also a fast horse with good stamina.

From, L'espèce chevaline à travers le monde.


Otto Eerelman (1839-1926) 

Otto Eerelman was a pupil of the Dutch artist Jan Hendrik Egenberger. He is best known for his superb horse portraits but his is also painted dogs. His popularity increased even further when he received a commission from the Dutch royal family. For more than 25 years Eerelman painted important moments in the life of Princess and later Queen Wilhelmina.