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Lot 371

Garrard (George, 1760-1826). Woburn Sheepshearing, published G. Garrard, 1811, original 1811 aquatint, stipple, etching and engraving, by M. N. Bate, J. C. Stadler and T. Morris. Gilt gesso frame and glazed. No Booklet see Lot 371(a)Engraving measures 51cm by 76cm and frame 67cm by 91cm. A large detailed and striking image of the annual sheep shearing festival held by the Duke of Bedford at Woburn Abbey, with Sir Joseph Banks a resplendent figure in the foreground. This great agricultural show was started by Frances Russell (1763-1802) who established a model farm at Woburn with 'every convenience that could be desired for the breeding of cattle and experiments in farming'. This included valuable experiments upon the respective merits of the various breeds of sheep. The sheep shearing exhibitions lasted for days and the whole English agricultural world was invited to this splendid event; the week concluded with banquets for the Duke's numerous guests staying at Woburn Abbey. The scene shows an enormous crowd of noblemen, gentlemen, farmers, and agricultural labourers inspecting the numerous sheep and cattle whilst a shearing contest is taking place in a pen on the right. A busy scene with sheep in enclosure and men at work shearing at right, livestock amongst the crowds behind which includes many portraits, the Duke of Bedford on his horse in the centre; prize notices pinned to a tree at right, a table in the left foreground with medals and statues, the pavilion behind, inscribed: "Erected by the Duke of Bedford 1801"; the figures numbered 1-87, a key below. Wobourn Sheepshearing Dedicated by Permiſsion to His Grace the Duke of Bedford By his Grace’s most obedient and very humble Servant George Garrard. Complete with Booklet Garrard (George, 1760-1826). Woburn Sheepshearing, published G. Garrard, 1811, CAT CHANGE
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