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68 paintings depicting various sections of (mostly) horse limbs and organs, showing disease and damage. The artworks are mostly watercolours, and those that are dated or signed range from 1820-1848.

Twenty-one of the paintings are signed by W Field (as well as the artist’s name) and it is assumed these were given to the RCVS by ex-President William Field, in a large presentation to Library and Museum in 1877. The reason these paintings were made, and why Field collected them, is unknown. Amongst Field’s collection, the paintings are signed by A A Cane, Joseph Perry and G Kirtland.

Twenty seven other artworks are by William Henry Kearney (1800-1858). The remaining 20 artworks are unsigned and undated, and do not seem to be related to the other two collections.

9 – “The Urinary Organs.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artworks include: “General symptom of disease of the urinary organs”; “Nephritis – Test for Inflammation of the Kidneys”; “Test for inflammation of the bladder “; “Haematuria “.

10 – “The Skin.- Its Accidents and its Diseases”

Artworks include: ‘Mange’; ‘Mange upon the head of an old white horse’; ‘Purigo’; ‘Ringworm’; ‘Hidebound’; ‘Larva’ or Larva; ‘Chest Tumour and Cracked Heel’; ‘Swelling or Filling in the Leg’;…

11 – “Specific Diseases.- Their Varieties and their Treatment”

Artworks include: “Paroxysm of broken wind”; “Listening to the trachea of a horse”; “A spleen taken from a horse”; “Melanosis”; “the colours liable to melanosis”; “Water Farcy’ ‘a carters suprise”; “Purpura Haemorragica”;…

12 – “Limbs.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artworks include: “Bone Spavin”; “Vessels appropriate to the shin & Foot of the Horse”; “A Spavin or a spint upon the inside of the leg and upon the top of the shin bone”; “The bones of a spavined Hock”; “The natural position of a hind leg in the easy trot – shewing three quarters of the hoof”;…

13 – “The Feet.- Their Accidents and their Diseases”

Artworks include: “Lameness No. 1”; “Lameness No. 2 & 3”; “Lameness No. 6 & 7”; “Sandcrack No.5 & No.1”; “Sandcrack No.2 & 3″; ” Sandcrack No.4″; “False Quarter”; “Seedy Toe”; “Overreach and Tread”; “Diagrams Illustration the production of corn”;…

14 – “Injuries.- Their Nature and their Treatment”

Artworks include: “Poll evil No 1 – The mode of carrying the head before any tumour appears denoting the existence of poll evil”; “Poll-evil 1st stage”; “Fistulous Withers’ 1st Stage and 2nd Stage”; “Operations No. 1 & 2”;…

15 – “Operations”

Artworks include: “The present manner of casting a horse for an operation.”; “Operations No 6”; “Tracheotomy under Difficulties”; “Tracheotomy No 3”; “Tracheotomy No 2”; “Periosteotomy – Fig 5”; “Periosteotomy Figures 1 to 4”;…

1 – ‘The body of the horse anatomically considered.’

Original watercolour painting. This painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1964), page 1 …

2 – ‘Physic.- The mode of administering it, and minor operations’

This series contains original watercolours that were used to create woodcut engravings for publication in Chapter II – ‘Physic.- The mode of administering it, and minor operations’ – of the 1864 Mayhew publication ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’…

3 – ‘Shoeing.- is origin, its uses and its varieties’

Original watercolour painting showing two ‘Arabian’ shoes, one modern and one early version. This painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 91…