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A Royal Expectation

February 2018 by Georgina Downey

Welcome to ‘Horses and People in Art’, a regular column where we explore the history of horsemanship in art through the lens of rider position, equitation science, horse management and key horse world issues. 

Velazquez’s Equestrian Portrait of Prince Balthasar Charles is not only a masterpiece, but an image that evokes, for the present-day horsey viewer, the pleasure of seeing small children riding their ponies with confidence.