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Dexter Horse
Attributed to Cushing & White
molded sheet copper and cast zinc weathervane
Height 23 1/4 in. by Length 42 1/4 in.
circa 1868
Waltham, Massachusetts
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來源

Trevor Phillips & Son, Ltd., London.

出版

Tom Geismar and Harvey Kahn, Spiritually Moving:  A Collection of American Folk Art Sculpture (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1998) pl. 4, illus. in color.

相關資料

Harness racing was America's first popular spectator sport, and champion racehorses the sports superstars of their day. Printmakers Currier & Ives sold vivid color lithographs of race winners to eager fans, and weathervane manufacturers, including A.L. Jewell and Cushing & White, followed their lead by offering three-dimensional sculptures of legendary trotters to top barns and stables.

Dexter, who was born in 1858, dominated harness racing from his introduction in 1864 to his retirement in 1867, when he twice lowered the world speed record. He was a powerful horse with a picture-perfect gait and a dramatic and determined head-down style that thrilled crowds, all qualities that are well captured in this contemporary vane.

In September 1867, Robert E. Bonner, the publisher of the weekly story paper The New York Ledger and the owner of a number of other outstanding racehorses, purchased Dexter for $35,000 (just over $1 million in today's currency). Under the publisher's care, the great horse lived until 1888.

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