This artwork as a painting of "Freedom" 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, that was originally featured on a book cover.
In this painting, Black Beauty was quite happy in his new place, and if there was one thing that Beauty missed it must not be thought Beauty was discontented; all who had to do with Beauty were good and Beauty had a light airy stable and the best of food. What more could Black Beauty want? Why, liberty! For three years and a half of my life Black Beauty had had all the liberty he could wish for; but now, week after week, month after month, and no doubt year after year, Black Beauty must stand up in a stable night and day except when Beauty is wanted, and then he must be just as steady and quiet as any old horse who has worked twenty years. Straps here and straps there, a bit in my mouth, and blinkers over Beauty's eyes. Now, Beauty is not complaining, for Beauty knows it must be so.
Right there, in this painting, you can tell that Black Beauty only mean to say that for a young horse full of strength and spirits, who has been used to some large field or plain where he can fling up his head and toss up his tail and gallop away at full speed, then round and back again with a snort to his companions—He says it is hard never to have a bit more liberty to do as you like. You can tell right there in this painting that there is a young horse full of strength and spirits and has a lot of freedom right there, you can tell.
Sometimes, when Black Beauty have had less exercise than usual, Beauty have felt so full of life and spring that when John Manly (who was also a hunter/jumper rider who competes in hunter/jumper shows) has taken Beauty out to exercise he really could not keep quiet; do what Beauty would, it seemed as if he must jump, or dance, or prance, and many a good shake Beauty knows he must have given him, especially at the first; but he was always good and patient.
"Steady, steady, my boy," John would say; "wait a bit, and we will have a good swing, and soon get the tickle out of your feet." Then as soon as John and Beauty were out of the village, he would give Beauty a few miles at a spanking trot, and then bring him back as fresh as before, only clear of the fidgets, as he called them. Spirited horses, when not enough exercised, are often called skittish, when it is only play; and some grooms will punish them, but our John did not; John knew it was only high spirits. Still, John had his own ways of making Beauty understand by the tone of his voice or the touch of the rein. If he was very serious and quite determined, I always knew it by his voice, and that had more power with Beauty than anything else, for Beauty was very fond of John.
Beauty ought to say that sometimes him and the other horses had their liberty for a few hours; this used to be on fine Sundays in the summer-time. The carriage never went out on Sundays, because the church was not far off.
It was a great treat to Beauty and the horses to be turned out into the home paddock or the old orchard; the grass was so cool and soft to their feet, the air so sweet, and the freedom to do as we liked was so pleasant—to gallop, to lie down, and roll over on their backs, or to nibble the sweet grass. Then it was a very good time for talking, as they stood together under the shade of the large chestnut tree.
I like to think that while I was painting this image for three days and put several hours into this painting on Sunday, January 5th, 2019, Tuesday, January 7th, 2019 and Wednesday, January 8th, 2019, as I like to think in this whole painting of how is 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 beauty of the horse stallion and everything with the colors in this best image, I ever did, as this whole picture is in beautiful great beautiful 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.