The Race Horse

Professor Low

LOWA004.03

Beautiful group of hand colored lithographs of horses:

Stallion, Vestris, 11 years old, the property of Mr. Hutchens of Cregane Castle,... by Whalebone, out of Verennes, dam of Albert,

Drawn by Mr. Nicholson, R.S.A. from a painting by Mr. Shiels, R.S.A.

Drawn on stone & printed by Fairland. Published by Longman, Orme, Brown , Green & Longmans, Paternoster Row, London 1840

Professor Low's Illustrations of the Breeds of the Domestic Animals
London, 1840
Hand-colored Lithograph
16.75" x 12.5" paper size
Condition: B, some foxing

  • Price: $1,000.00 { What determines value? }

    Many factors go into pricing a print; rarity, desirability, artist, condition, age, and the history of former sales prices.


    “Weeds & Roses” A good analogy for how the pricing of a print is determined from desirability is my description of "Weeds and Roses". It actually works with a number of publications from Audubons to Atlases. 

    O.K., let's take a complete first edition set of Audubon's Birds of America- 435 Plates, printed by Robert Havell. The Wild Turkey & The Flamingo will be the “Roses”, they are the major plates. These images are usually more desirable making them the most expensive, in upwards of $200,000.

    The Song Birds or "Tweety" birds are the minor plates, or "Weeds". These images are usually less desirable making them less expensive, as low as $2,000.

    However, not everyone prefers roses over weeds. Just because one is more expensive does not mean it is more beautiful to you. Art is a personal preference and you should always go with what stands out to you :)