This wonderful circa 1870 antique lithograph was printed in black on paper that has aged to a pale cream color. The central figure is the rider brandishing his whip while his horse soars over the wooden post and bar hurdle, tail streaming behind. The accompanying background illustrations are very typical of the period, intricate outlines in the distance. To the right are a large horse barn, with a man and a woman with her parasol strolling past trees where a dog is frolicking. On the left are five cows in the shade pf a large tree. It's reminiscent of ones by Sir Henry Alken and Currier & Ives.
The rider in this scene is wearing pants that have a tail on the hem that was worn down over the boots and a high collared jacket with an ascot tucked into it. The print was hand finished by adding dark red to his cap and jacket with watercolor; red may have been the registered color of the horse's owner. The frame is wood, made of 1 inch wide canted molding painted gold on the front and black around the outer edges. The inner mat is 3/4 inch wide in a pink color that has a touch of lavender and a narrow line of gold framing the scene.
The framed measurements are 7 1/4 inches by 9 1/4 inches; sight size is 4 inches by 5 3/4 inches and it weighs just 11 ounces. There is slight toning around all four edges of the print, but otherwise it's in very good condition with no foxing, tears or stains. The gold on the frame is chippy, which may be the result of intentional distressing. The result is an antique look, even though it's newer than the picture. The dust paper on the back is intact; there is no hanger, but one could be easily added. Propped on a shelf or easel, or hung on the wall, it's a nice find for horse and/or print lovers.