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The Hunt: 1918

The Hunt: 1918

Washington, D.C., or vicinity ca. 1918. "Hunting scene" is the not terribly specific label for this sporting view. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Could be

the Maryland horse country, near Westminster or Monkton. This area has long history of fox hunting.


Might be Dunblane at Tenley Circle in D.C. altho that hunt had moved out to the Chevy Chase Club by 1918.

Ya Got Me

I guested at several DC-area hunts in the '60s and '70s, and the stable shown is unfamiliar to me. I assume that the riders shown are Master of Hounds, Whipper-In, etc., but they'd have been dead or about to be by the time I came along. [The hounds ("don't call those hounds dogs!") are typically fetching, but just as typically too similar in facial characteristics to permit physiognomy.] Thus do perish seemingly indelible social influences; for all I know, they don't even play polo at Woodlawn any more.

Somebody has to say it

"The unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable." - Oscar Wilde

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