London: Longman, Orme, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1840. First edition. Matted in Rag Board. Folio (16.75 x 12 inches). Plate IV The Connamara Horse. Gelding, 13 1/2 hands high, from the County of Galway, the property of Mr. John Bindon Scott of Cahircon. A scarce original hand-colored lithograph by Fairland from a drawing by Mr. Nicholson, R.S.A (Member of the Royal Scottish Academy) after a painting by Mr. Sheils, R.S.A.
The Connamara Horse or Pony originates from Ireland, and is known as an excellent show horse due to its versatility, athleticism and good disposition.
Professor David Low (1786-1859) was a Professor of Agriculture at the University of Edinburgh, who created this series to document the pure bred domestic animals of the British Isles in an effort to educate both the landed gentry and common breeders on the importance of selective breeding of animals in their natural environment. Unlike the traditional nineteenth century animal paintings- which often accentuated the useable portions of the beast to glorify the breeder- Professor Low 's animal portraits of the prized breeds were accurately rendered in their actual and appropriate environment as an attestment to fine animal husbandry. In addition, the animals are set in lovely nineteenth century British pastoral, or mountain settings, thus making the appeal of the work twofold: as a fine work of animal portraiture as well as a fine classic landscape.
Buchanan, Nature into Art; Nissen ZBI 2564; Wood 442. Near Fine condition in original color. Minor foxing. Item #6998