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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.

4 – ‘The Teeth.- Their natural growth, and the abuses to which they are liable’

Original watercolour painting comparing the centre of two different incisors. This painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 137…

5 – ‘Food.- The fittest time for feeding, and the kind of food which the horse naturally consumes’

Original watercolour painting of a scene of a man siting on the floor, sorting through hay. This painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864),…

6 – ‘The Evils which are occasioned by modern stables’

Original watercolour painting of horses in a stable. The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 217…

7 – ‘The Faults inseparable from most present erections which are used as stables’

Original watercolour painting showing the difference in hips from a rear view of the horse. The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 256…

8 – ‘The so-called “incapacitating vices,” which are the results of injury or of disease’

‘…when accompanying a gig on horseback never ride close behind the vehicle’. Original watercolour painting. The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864)…

9 – ‘Stables as they should be’

Original sketches. The images were used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 329 and 343…

10 – ‘Grooms.- Their prejudices, their injuries, and their duties’

Original watercolour painting of stable building plans. The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 366.

11 – ‘Horse Dealers.- Who they are : their mode of dealing : their profits : their morality and their secrets’

Original watercolour painting.The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 418…

12 – ‘Points.- Their relative importance and where to look for their development’

Original watercolour paintings of a horse walking.The paintings were used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 422…

13 – ‘Breeding.- Its inconsistencies and its disappointments’

Original watercolour painting of an adult and young horse outside. The painting was used to produce a woodcut engraving for print in Mayhew’s ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’ (1864), page 481…