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Leopard-baiting - Public domain  engraving


Leopard-baiting - Public domain engraving



*Title: 'Escaped Panther Battles with Dogs at Raglan Castle'
Artist: Sydney P. Hall
Publisher: Engraving from "The Graphic" circa July 1875
Source: From my private collection Headphonos
A caged leopard called "The Great Mogul", escapes form confinement and wanders into a yard where dogs are chained. Mistress of the house, Dorothy, releases "Marquis" an English Mastiff, "O'Brian" an Irish Wolfhound and "Strafford" a Lurcher: The dogs move in at speed, but make little headway. Another dog is released. Missing all the fun a fifth dog "Shafto" a small Bull Terrier...."Mad with rage and jealousy..." struggles to get free. Men with ropes, armed with scythes and pitchforks, recapture the panther.

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The son of renowned horse painter, Harry Hall, Sydney Prior Hall was born in England and attended the University of Oxford where he graduated with a first (degree with high honors). Sydney decided he wanted to pursue a career in the arts, and after graduation he gained employment with The Graphic, an illustrated newspaper, shortly after its foundation in 1869. The Graphic was considered a major alternative to The Illustrated London News and after Sydney’s vivid visual coverage of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870-71, both The Graphic and Sydney Prior Hall had established their success.





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