Richard Barrett Davis
Richard Barrett Davis (British, 1782-1854)
THE DONNYBROOK HORSE FAIR, DUBLIN
Oil on canvas, 25” x 34”
$6,000. – 8,000.
Vicar Brothers, London
Christie’s New York, Important British and American Sporting Paintings,
June 8, 1984
The historic Donnybrook Fair was founded in 1204 by a royal charter of King John. Held in late August to mid-September, the fair became one of Ireland’s principal markets. Today’s dictionaries define donnybrook as a free-for-all or brawl owing to the “rough merriment” for which the fair came to be known. The fair was abolished in 1868.