This drawing was produced for: The analysis of the hunting field: being a series of sketches of the principal characters that compose one: the whole forming a slight souvenir of the season, 1845-46. It shows the last stage of the hunt - the fox has been killed and its tail cut off as a souvenir.
Fox hunting was more common from the 1870s, when hunting of imported species became popular. Many of the traditional British hunt's customs were maintained by formal hunt clubs, which were established in most settled areas. Foxhunts, banned in Britain in 2005, are still held in various parts of Australia.