John Day and W.E. Day (acquired in 1835) Probably, Frost & Reed, Ltd., London Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Mosely, Beverly Hills Szymanski Gallery, Beverly Hills Private Collection, Texas (and sold, Sotheby's, New York, June 10, 1988, lot 102, illustrated) Acquired at the above sale
Pussy, a dark brown filly by Pollio and Valve, was foaled in 1831 by Mr. Lechmere Charlton of Ludford Park, Shropshire. Pussy won ten races between 1833 and 1837, including the Ascot Derby and the Oaks in 1834.
Lined. The work presents well, aside from faint, scattered fine craquelure, a few isolated pin dots of accretion, and pin dots of loss with some lifting in the clouds at upper center and on and around the figure group. Under UV: varnish fluoresces green. There are a few finely applied dashes of inpainting on and around the figure group at left and to the horse's front legs. Possible reinforcements to the darkest pigments on the horse's mane.
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