9×12 watercolor enhanced colored pencil on “satin” finish Arches paper. Original unavailable.
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The Cleveland Bay is the oldest and purest of the indigenous British horse breeds and was used in the 18th and 19th centuries to upgrade many European breeds. In Britain, it has enjoyed royal patronage for over 200 years. The shortage of purebred mares has caused the Rare Breeds Trust to classify the Cleveland Bay situation as “critical”.
The breed evolved in the Middle Ages from the bay-colored Chapman horses of Cleveland in northern England. Apart from the addition of Spanish and Barb blood in the 17th century, the Cleveland was free from outside influence. The result was a powerful coach horse that could work in heavy mud and carry men hunting in all conditions (Eyewitness Handbooks: Horses)