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Jonathan Newton is a photojournalist at The Washington Post. He contributed this essay to In Sight.
The chorus of Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds has echoed in the hills of the Brandywine Valley in southern Pennsylvania for more than a century. The hunt country encompasses more than 30,000 acres that run through fields and farms near the picturesque towns of Coatesville, Unionville and Kennett Square. The hunt, beginning in 1912, is named after W. Plunket Stewart, who bought up land and hounds to begin what continues to this day as one of the finest fox hunts in the country.
As a photographer, I’m always looking to experience different slices of life with my camera. A chance to see something outside the lines of the standard sports of football, basketball and baseball that I have covered for three decades. Fox hunting fit the bill. I’ve seen the amazing fox hunt pictures by Delaware-based Jim Graham, who has photographed this particular hunt for more than 25 years. He invited me to tag along for the final race of the 2017 season. The hunt did not disappoint.
Report from The Washington Post, April 24, 2017