I was working on a blog post featuring some beautiful new antique maps that I recently acquired- engraved in France in 1877 and hand-colored. Then, I watched the Belmont Stakes and got completely distracted. Hence....the Egyption/Equestrian mash up.
American Pharoah- sired by Pioneer of the Nile. His name is misspelled. I wonder if it was intentional. Anyway, last week's Triple Crown winning horse, American Pharoah, is a gorgeous creature. He seemed to glide down the track at the Belmont- his jockey just floating in the air- barely moving.
I found a nearly century-old 1917 page from The New York Tribune featuring a day at the Belmont races. Some very fun fashions on display.
Watching the Stakes was a reminder of the intense physical beauty of horses, especially thoroughbreds. I wanted to share some of the many beautiful antique and vintage illustrations from my inventory.
I also have some colorful and finely-detailed Victorian chromolithographs of horses.
It is interesting to note the different types of horses, including the Arabian, or Arab Horse.
And if you happen to be interested in zoology or horse anatomy, I have some interesting educational pieces related to horses.
An original Dr. Auzoux chalkplate of a horse in my inventory of European charts. I do not have the following item, an original Dr. Auzoux life-size anatomical model of a horse, but I have seen one in a Paris museum.
A bit less spectacular, but still interesting are these smaller antique anatomy prints