Album of the Picard Piqu'hardi crew
From the 1860's until 1914, hunting was a golden age in France. Numerous crews and hunting societies were created. In this context, hunting appears as a rural practice, carrying equestrian and traditional values. The crews reinterpreted the codes of the venerie and made hunting with hounds the social entertainment par excellence. Louis-Jean Delton and his sons, precursors of French equestrian photography, are privileged witnesses of this phenomenon. In this album of 161 photographs, they offer a picturesque vision of pre-war horse racing. Preserved in an album bound with a blue venerie cloth, the photographs show the crews and personalities of the time.