This painting shows the photo-finish result of the St Leger race in 1848, held at Doncaster Racecourse. The composition of this work has a drama and intensity that is as true today of horse racing as it was in the mid-1800’s and is achieved by the strong, horizontal composition that sees the horses entering the picture plane from right to left in a ‘snap shot’ of action, with the frozen crowd emphasising this effect. The winning horse, Surplice is described as ‘the colt of his generation’, being a thoroughbred racehorse who won both St Leger in 1848 and The Derby Stakes.
Painted towards the end of his life in 1848 this work represents his confidence as a painter and as an illustrator of sporting news stories.
DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 16.0 x 20.0 in./ 40.6 x 50.8 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed titled and dated (lower right)
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas