Sotheby’s offers 38 pieces of US Jockey Club sports art – Reuters

The 1828 Doncaster St. Leger won by Colonel, by John Frederick Herring Sr.

Thirty-eight works with a combined estimate of $900,000 to $1,300,000 from the US Jockey Club will be auctioned at Sotheby’s Sporting Life Sale, with auctions open online from October 14-25. Proceeds will benefit Jockey Club initiatives in support of the Thoroughbred industry.

As publisher of the American Stud Book and official registrar of Thoroughbreds in North America, the Jockey Club has been a fixture for over 100 years and was founded by many notable figures in New York society in the era, including industry giants such as President, John Hunter, co-owner of the Saratoga Racetrack; Frank K. Sturgis, President of the New York Stock Exchange; and August Belmont Jr., the financier who helped build New York’s first subway. Works include paintings by eminent horse racing and hunting artists of their day, such as Edward Troye and Henry Stull, offering a magnificent summary of the thrill and passion of American and British sporting culture, from from the beginning of the 19th century.

“The Jockey Club has owned these magnificent works of art for many years, and since then they have been on display in our offices in New York City,” said James L. Gagliano, President and COO of The Jockey Club. . “Early next year, we’re moving to a location in New York that doesn’t have the space to accommodate the collection. As a result, the Jockey Club board authorized management to seek options for the collection, including a sale. We are delighted that Sotheby’s has agreed to manage the auction, and we hope these pieces find the right homes so they can continue to be enjoyed appropriately.

At the head of the group is an important painting by John Frederick Herring Sr., titled: The 1828 Doncaster St. Leger won by Colonel, which is estimated to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000. John Frederick Herring Sr.’s series of racing images inspired by the 1828 St Leger Stakes are among his most prized sporting works and this piece is one of the artist’s most valuable to come to auction since more than a decade.

Herring’s artistic career began as a sign and carriage painter, but he also painted portraits of horses to decorate inn parlors in his spare time. It was not long before his talent was recognized by wealthy patrons and in 1815 he was commissioned by a Doncaster publisher to paint the winner of the St. Leger and continued to do so for the next 30 years. He went on to establish himself as one of England’s greatest sporting artists, counting Queen Victoria and the Duke of Orleans among his many patrons and painted over 60 winners of the most important races.

Completed in the artist’s dynamic style, The 1828 Doncaster St. Leger won by Colonel depicts the 1828 St Leger Race led by the Colonel, who can be seen on the far right passing the group consisting of Belinda, Velocipede and Besy Bedlam, all of whom are identified by the inscription below. Adding to the drama of the scene, Herring depicts the horses galloping with all four legs outstretched and off the ground (proven impossible half a century later by Eadweard Muybridge’s series of cards capturing a horse in motion), nevertheless, Herring’s cinematic composition freezes the rush and excitement of racehorses flying through the air at physically impossible strides.

Other highlights of the Jockey Club collection:
Edward Troye

Glencoe in a landscape

Estimate $40,000 – $60,000

Edward Troye was the first American painter of thoroughbred horses and award-winning cattle during the first half of the 19th century. Troye began his career as a painter and illustrator in Philadelphia in 1831, and by 1834 had established a reputation as a skilled horse painter and was traveling the Northeast and South painting portraits of the most prized animals. of its customers and the most important races of the day. Over a 40-year career, Troye painted virtually every major thoroughbred and racing champion in the country. In 1907 the Jockey Club acquired several paintings by Edward Troye, ushering in an era of renewed interest in the artist and culminating in a landmark exhibition at the Newhouse Gallery in New York in 1938.

Glencoe was a British-bred thoroughbred racehorse, born in 1831 to Sultan de Trampoline, and one of the first stallions imported into the United States when purchased in February 1848. He was 15 hands 1 3 /4 inches high, with a large star and half-shod hind legs. Troye first painted Glencoe in 1842 and again in 1857, about three weeks before the horse died. The Jockey Club photo is an autograph replica of this last portrait (now in the collection of the National Museum of Racing in Saratoga Springs, NY).

Henry Stull

Eurus with Jockey Up

Estimate: $6,000 – $8,000

In the wake of Edward Troye, Henry Stull was considered one of the most sought after American racehorse painters of the second half of the 19th century. Stull’s interest in horses began at an early age following in the footsteps of his father, a coachman, and on the racetracks of New York where he consoled himself after less than successful attempts at becoming an actor. Stull’s career as an artist began as an illustrator, with Leslie’s Weekly, and later the horse racing and sports magazine Spirit of the Times and eventually Harper’s Weekly, with whom he first published in 1883. The portraits of Stull’s horses are notable for their anatomical precision, a skill he honed in veterinary school where he was able to study horse anatomy first-hand. Patronized by the breeding and racing community, Stull painted over 100 portraits of horses, jockeys and races, many of which were part of the Jockey Club’s collection and many more which are found today in various public collections, including the Kentucky Derby Museum and the National. Racing Hall of Fame Museum.

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