Trumpet players, from the Riding School cycle

Jacques de Gheyn II. - engraver (workshop), Jacques de Gheyn II. - designer

Jacques de Gheyn II. - engraver (workshop), Jacques de Gheyn II. - designer - Trumpet players, from the Riding School cycle
This engraving of three trumpet players riding their horses belongs to a cycle of 22 prints depicting cavalry. De Gheyn prepared the drawn designs, let his assistants execute the engravings and then issued the whole cycle. Unlike The Exercise of Arms, which he must have also begun at the end of the 1590s and which took him ten years to finish, the Riding School was celebratory and perhaps allegorical, rather than didactic. The depictions include weapons that were, by then, already out of use, suggesting that some of the scenes may be intentionally anachronistic.
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measurements: height 152 mm
width 204 mm
material: paper
technique: engraving
inventory number: R 165121
gallery collection: Collection of Prints and Drawings