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.

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

This series contains original watercolours that were used to create woodcut engravings for publication in Chapter III – ‘Shoeing. – is origin, its uses and its varieties’ – of the 1864 Mayhew publication ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’

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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’

This series contains original watercolours that were used to create woodcut engravings for publication in Chapter I – ‘The body of the horse anatomically considered’ – of the 1864 Mayhew publication ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’.

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

This series contains original watercolours that were used to create woodcut engravings for publication in Chapter VI -‘The Evils which are occasioned by modern stables’ – of the 1864 Mayhew publication ‘The Illustrated Horse Management’.
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