The April one

      Here we have the last of the Beggarstaff Brothers calendar woodcut illustrations, we began them last May. This is another brilliant woodcut, this time of a horse with rowers  who are the real subject yet they are relegated to the far background.
      Once again the cutting of the horse is quite beautifully done and further convinces us that Pride and Nicholson, or at least one of them, loved horses and loved a flutter at the track.
      The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is coming up so the illustration is quite appropriate for this time of year. No push bike for this coach of the old days, just gallop along the towpath and scatter the walkers and anglers with a one man cavalry charge.
      The verse is a bit deep too, like the river.