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Fox Hunting - Edward, Prince of Wales, 1926
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Fox Hunting - Edward, Prince of Wales, 1926

Measurements: Height: 19cm (7.5in)

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Glazed ceramic figure of Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII and Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) in hunting coat, top boots and top hat. Royal Doulton backstamp to base, and inscribed in green glaze ‘HN1217 / Potted by Doulton & Co’.
 
Produced from 1926 to 1938, the present figure capitalized on the Prince’s reputation as a daredevil foxhunter and steeplechaser. He started to hunt seriously in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire in 1920. A louche and fashionable crowd followed him to Melton Mowbray which quickly developed as a mecca for affluent followers of the chase. He quickly proved himself an energetic and reckless rider, believing it was a sport at which he could compete on equal terms. Between 1923 and 1928 he kept a string of hunters at Craven Lodge managed by his future best man Major ‘Fruity’ Metcalfe. In 1924 the Prince was so badly concussed by a fall that he was confined to bed for a month, and by 1928 was forced to quit his dangerous pastime when George V was lay dangerously ill and the responsibilities of kingship loomed nearer. 

 

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