Oil of The Donnybrook Horse Fair, Dublin by Richard Barrett Davis (English, 1782-1854)
An oil on canvas of The Donnybrook Horse Fair, Dublin by Richard Barrett Davis (English, 1782-1854), painted on the artist’s visit to Dublin. The historic Donnybrook Fair was founded in 1204 by a royal charter of King John. Held in late August to mid-September, the fair became one of Ireland's principal markets. Today's dictionaries define Donnybrook as a free-for-all or brawl owing to the "rough merriment" for which the fair came to be known. The fair was abolished in 1868. English, circa 1830.
Vicar Brothers, London
Christie's New York, Important British and American Sporting Paintings, June 8, 1984.
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