William Ralston (British 1848-1911), 'A Twentieth Century Bull Fight - What We May Expect',

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William Ralston (British 1848-1911), 'A Twentieth Century Bull Fight - What We May Expect',

Sold for £ 187 (US$ 258) inc. premium
William Ralston (British 1848-1911), 'A Twentieth Century Bull Fight - What We May Expect',
signed, pen and ink with wash, cartoon illustration depicting a hypothetical bullfight at Bayonne, France, where the picadors are mounted on early single seat light cars instead of horses, 18 x 26cm, mounted, framed and glazed.

Footnotes

  • Henri Deutsch de le Muerthe (1846-1919), a French petroleum businessman, sponsor and supporter of technology and pioneer aviation, and member of the Paris Aero Club, was once quoted as saying "....with the Picadors mounted upon automobiles it will be possible to hold bull fights in Paris and London, as the chauffeurs will be able to avoid the ...(missing)...will be no revolting mutilation of horses by the bulls".

    On 30th September 1901, the New York Times, reported under the headline "Automobile in a Bullfight" that Deutsch had "...furnished the automobile and presided over..." such a spectacle in Bayonne, where all seven bulls "Turned tail and fled from it".
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