Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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old ambrotypeAmbrotype, 1855, John Fred Garper / Collection of Jason WrightJason Wright may possess the oldest foxhunting photograph in existence.

A long time collector and researcher of early photography, Wright's collection consists mainly of daguerreotypes covering the five-year period from 1839 (when the process was first introduced) to 1843. Wright discovered this photograph, an ambrotype, in a lot of early daguerreotypes that he purchased from a Scottish country house sale.

On the back of the framed photo appears the date 1855 and the name of the subject. The surname is somewhat difficult to make out, but the proud young man, booted and spurred, whip and cap in hand, would be John Fred Garper as best it can be deciphered. Wright claims to know all the major sources for daguerreotype and ambrotype (a later process) images and says he has never before come across an image of either process with English-style foxhunting subject matter.

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# Betsy Smith 2016-03-19 20:56
I wonder what packs existed during 1855?
# Norman Fine 2016-03-20 09:40
Many English and Scottish hunts were established before that date. Some in the 1700s. The oldest hunt in Scotland, the Berwickshire, was active in the 1600s.

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