Monday, September 27, 2010

The Problem Horse (nonfiction)


I saw this little book on the shelf at a library, in amidst more typical old books like How To Ride Western (1970's era with copious dusty black and whites of Quarter Horses) and glossy newer books with titles like Buying Your First Horse. Despite the helpful practicality of the other titles, this sort of period piece draws my eye.


I know this blog is supposed to be fiction, and mostly American, but who could resist these illustrations?



It's smoother, but some of it reminds me of Paul Brown's work. It's that combination of action-striated lines with idealized, slightly vague backgrounds.




Links
Wikipedia on the author

Books by Summerhays
Here's Horse Sense


From Saddle to Fireside

Elements of Riding


Elements of Hunting


Riding For All


Observer's Book of Horses and Ponies


The Problem Horse


It's A Good Life With Horses


Summerhays' Encyclopedia for Horsemen


Our Horses Horses and Ponies


Riding on a Small Income


The Story of the International


The Young Rider's Guide to the Horse World


A Lifetime with Horse



About John Board
1895-1965
A polo player and illustrator.

Books by Board (author)

Horse And Pencil


A Year With Horses (1954)


From Point To Point


Polo


Horses And Horseman

Practical Horsemanship In Show And Field



Books by Board (illustrator only)
Horseback Riding by C.E.G. Hope

Work included in anthologies
The Horseman's Bedside Book (1964)
The Horseman's Year 1958

More examples of Board's art
Polo
Blacklock's Polo Art website

1 comment:

Kimberly Taylor said...

Great post. The paintings about horsemanship are really amazing. Your post reminds me of one the best quotes of Paul Brown "When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less."