Portrait of the Stable Master Gaspard de Saunier, Frontispiece to La parfaite connoissance des chevaux, leur anatomie, leurs bonnes et mauvaises qualitez, leurs maladies et les remedes qui y conviennent (The Perfect Understanding of Horses, their anatomy, their good and bad qualities, their illnesses and remedies)

David Coster, Dutch, before 1696 - 1752



Engraving on laid paper

Plate: 12 5/8 × 7 7/8 in. (32.1 × 20 cm)

Sheet: 13 5/16 × 8 9/16 in. (33.8 × 21.7 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Guernsey Center Moore 1904 Memorial Fund



Adrien Moetjens, The Hague


Place Made: Netherlands, Europe



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Research Area


Not on view


Inscribed, in plate, around frame: GASPARD DE SAUNIER Agé de 70, Ans.; inscribed, in plate, lower center: Démontrere du Cheval l'utile Anatomie, / Le guérir de ses maux, régler une Ecurie, / Rendre, dans e Manége, un Cavalier parfait, / Enseigner du Haras l'agréable Science, / Consacrer au Public sa longue Expérience, / C'est ce au'a fait celui, dont tu vois le Portrait./ Pierre Boyer, Junior. / D. Coster ad Viv. delin. et Sculp. Haye


Raymond G. Clifton (1895-1968), Pine Cupboard Antique Shop, Franklin, New Hampshire; sold to present collection, 1964.

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