SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN | THE RACE AND THE FINISH: A PAIR OF PAINTINGS
6,000 - 8,000 USD
SAMUEL HENRY ALKEN
1810 - 1894
THE RACE AND THE FINISH: A PAIR OF PAINTINGS
both: oil on canvas
the first, canvas: 9⅜ by 18⅛ in.; 23.8 by 46 cm;
the second, 9 by 18 in.; 22.8 by 45.7 cm
framed, each: 12⅝ by 21⅝ in.; 32.1 by 54.9 cm
The first: Lined, surface is dirty, stable craquelure visible in sky. Under UV: Dots and strokes of inpainting throughout composition. The second: Lined, surface is dirty, craquelure visible in the sky, with lifting at the upper left corner. Under UV: inpainting in foreground and in racing figures.
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While this particular race cannot be identified, the winning horse has the colors of red with a yellow cap. These were the colors of Edward ‘Lucky Teddy’ Brayley who was a theatrical impressario who owned a number of racehorses and was well known for his betting. His greatest success in racing was to win the Grand National in 1872 with Casse Tete.
We are grateful to Graham Budd for his assistance researching this lot.