Henry Frederick Lucas Lucas (British, 1848-1943)
The Hunting Alphabet
A Stands for ATHERSTONE Ladies are few distinguished by wearing the
collar of blue.
B Stands for BOOT with the Cream coloured top, the pride and the glory of many a Fop.
C Stands for CUBBING when foxes abound and they rattle the Cubs and blood the young Hound.
D Is the DANCER Flag flown in many a shire that warns reckless riders to beware of the wire.
E Is the EARTH-STOPPER with his terriers and spade A hardy old veteran well up to his trade.
F Is the FOX so game and so cunning, to get to his brush The Pack must make running.
G Stands for "GONE AWAY!" the Whip on the Bay, has seen him break covert so "Forrard Away."
H Stands for HORSE Huntsman and Hound All hard as nails and perfectly sound.
I Stands for IRE shewn by the Master, when some of his Hounds meet with disaster.
J Stands for JORROCKS a Master whose Name is high on the list of Sportsmen of Fame.
K For the KENNELS the home of the Hound, where horseflesh and porridge in plenty abound.
L Is the LEPPER in O ireland bred, with plenty of bone and a varininty head.
M Is the MASK set up in the Hall, the best of the Season the gamest of All.
N Is the NOODLE, a regular Shirk, who cares not at all for Hounds and their work.
O Stands for OXER as strong as a wall, which has given to many a hunter a fall.
P Is the PACE that kills in the end when both men and horses have bellows to mend.
Q For the QUORN always game in a run and certain to shew us the best of the fun.
R For the RIDER an old-fashioned sort, though he sticks to the roads he still sees some sport.
S For the SOUND of the Horn that repays, Long waits by the Cover on cold rainy days.
T Is the TERRIER put into the Earth, He'll give Master Reynard a very warm berth.
U Is the UMPIRE at the Hunt Meeting, where all Sporting Farmers are sure of a greeting.
V Stands for VIXEN who has been on the prowl, and returns to her Cubs with an Orpington Fowl.
W The WHOOP at the end of the run, When riders and horses are thoroughly done.
X Are the X ROADS and the Hounds going home, So good night to them, We must jog on alone.
Y For the YOKEL who grins at the gate, For coppers bestowed by the Crowd that is late.
Z Stands for ZETLAND, all the right sort, Z ends my book: so goodbye and good sport!
26 signed with monogram (25 lower right, 1 lower left), the frontispiece signed 'H:F: LUCAS LUCAS' (lower right)
each pencil, pen and brown ink, heightened with touches of bodycolor on paper, the frontispiece on brown paper
each 14 5/8 x 21 in. (37.2 x 53.3 cm.) (29)