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Mid 19th Century
Size: approx: 41cm wide – 16 ins wide (max) 11.5cm dia. – 4½ ins dia (max)
cf: Another Horn with inscription: ‘this horn carved and engraved on board the Ector Whale Ship from Boston, USA by C H Wood’, in the Kendall Whaling Museum, Massachusetts, USA. The date of 1828 found on this horn suggests that this example is also an earlier work when Wood was developing his skill as artist more than 20 years before he exhibited work at the Great Exhibition
NB: It is very possible that C H Wood was a seaman as is suggested by his address in the docklands area of East London and the essentially nautical nature of his engraved decoration. It is believed that he sailed with the ‘Great Eastern’ when she left Southampton on her maiden voyage to North America on 16th June 1860. He was definitely on board selling his engraved wares when the vessel opened to the American public at a dollar a head in New York on 3rd July 1860. It was reported at the time… ‘the directors noting the American love of ardent spirit, had opened a large bar on board. An artist named Wood manned a booth where he sold sea shells engraved with ships pictures.’ It can be concluded that Wood was a regular passenger, and perhaps a sometime crewman aboard various of the Brunel ships which formed the chief subject of his engravings.
Xenophon writing in the 4th century BC in his work Cyneticus described the pursuit of the hare by dogs, and the Greeks were interested in the taking of the hare by large birds of prey, although they did not practise hawking as a sport. Hares rely for protection first on camouflage and then on speed and deviation as they take flight. Hunting hares with fast dogs is therefore the usual method and is a much older sport than fox hunting. In the 15th century Edward, Duke of York in his treatise ‘The Master of Game’ gave the hare precedence even over deer. ‘It is to be known that the hare is the king of all venery; for blowing and the fair terms of hunting cometh of the seeking and finding of the hare. For certain it is the most marvellous beast that is.’