A beautifully executed original copper-plate engraving from The Gentleman’s Recreation by Richard Blome. This image depicts “Hawking” or Falconry - the sport of employing falcons, other hawks in hunting game. The sport flourished in Western Europe and the British Isles in the Middle Ages among the privileged classes.
Published in London, c. 1686.
The Gentleman’s Recreation is a “manifold history, in which all that belongs to sport…is represented side by side with changing customs and costumes, and with a great many landscape interests which belong for ever to the gradual changes made in country life…” Sparrow, British Sporting Artists, p. 11.
Plate size is approximately 13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches.