"The Hunt"

This artwork as a painting of "The Hunt" by the rodeo King of the Ropers and western artist William MacLeod, as this was originally an artwork illustration that was originally illustrated by artist Robert L. Dickey from the 1911 edition.
 

In this painting, before the colt named Black Beauty was two years old a circumstance happened which he had never forgotten. It was early in the spring; there had been a little frost in the night, and a light mist still hung over the woods and meadows. Beauty and the other colts were feeding at the lower part of the field when they heard, quite in the distance, what sounded like the cry of dogs. The oldest of the colts raised his head, pricked his ears, and said, "There are the hounds!" and immediately cantered off, followed by the rest of us to the upper part of the field, where we could look over the hedge and see several fields beyond. Beauty's mother and an old riding horse of our master's were also standing near, and seemed to know all about it.
 

"They have found a hare," said Beauty's mother, "and if they come this way we shall see the hunt."
 

And soon the dogs were all tearing down the field of young wheat next to ours. Beauty never heard such a noise as they made. They did not bark, nor howl, nor whine, but kept on a "yo! yo, o, o! yo! yo, o, o!" at the top of their voices. After them came a number of men on horseback, some of them in green riding coats, all galloping as fast as they could. The old horse snorted and looked eagerly after them, and we young colts wanted to be galloping with them, but they were soon away into the fields lower down; here it seemed as if they had come to a stand; the dogs left off barking, and ran about every way with their noses to the ground.
 

"They have lost the scent," said the old horse; "perhaps the hare will get off."
 

"What hare?" Beauty said.
 

"Oh! I don't know what hare; likely enough it may be one of our own hares out of the woods; any hare they can find will do for the dogs and men to run after;" and before long the dogs began their "yo! yo, o, o!" again, and back they came altogether at full speed, making straight for our meadow at the part where the high bank and hedge overhang the brook.
 

"Now we shall see the hare," said Beauty's mother; and just then a hare wild with fright rushed by and made for the woods. On came the dogs; they burst over the bank, leaped the stream, and came dashing across the field followed by the huntsmen. Six or eight men leaped their horses clean over, close upon the dogs. The hare tried to get through the fence; it was too thick, and she turned sharp round to make for the road, but it was too late!
 

Right there, in the painting, the dogs were upon the rabbit with their wild cries; the colts and horses had heard one shriek, and that was the end of the rabbit. One of the huntsmen rode up and whipped off the dogs, who would soon have torn the rabbit to pieces. He held the rabbit up by the leg torn and bleeding, and all the gentlemen seemed well pleased.
 

I like to think while I was painting this image for probably and possibly five or possibly maybe days between September and October of 2019, as I like to think in this whole painting of how some of the painting looks a lot and kind of reminds you a little tiny bit of the movie "Australia" starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman, because of the colorful hunter/jumper riders and their horses and everything with the colors in this best image, I ever did.
 

Notice in the painting, that those are all hunter/jumper riders who compete in hunter/jumper shows as it is a perfect, as this whole picture is in beautiful vivid striking colors and also very similar and almost identical to the 1994 film movie of “Black Beauty” starring Sean Bean and also distributed by Warner Brothers Family Entertainment.

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