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David Rowbottom Sowerby (1846 - 1914)
Veterinary Surgeon of 165 Anlaby Road, Hull; His veterinary practice was located in Carr Lane, Hull. Photo circa 1910.
David Sowerby formed a collection containing over 800 printed 'stud' cards and handbills. He had two uncles who were horse-breeders, and they probably collected many of the items and, in particular, the early material from Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Sowerby himself became a breeder, and by the early 1890s was recognised as an authority on Hackney horses and ponies.
The collection was given to Geoffrey D.S. Bennett, an author on equestrian subjects, and then passed to Ernest E. Hutton, with both men adding more items. The University of Reading acquired the collection in 1997 from Sotheby's. It was described in the catalogue as being 'the largest of its kind, of great importance for the wealth of information it contains on the horses, their owners and districts they serve'.
For more information on the collection see: http://www.reading.ac.uk/special-collections/collections/sc-sowerby.aspx


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