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    Sale 5747

    A Sporting Garland: Works by Cecil Aldin

    12 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 41

    Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, R.B.A. (1870-1935)

    The favourite 'Right Royal' in the stable; and Racing hard

    Price Realised  


    Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, R.B.A. (1870-1935)
    The favourite 'Right Royal' in the stable; and Racing hard
    the first signed 'Cecil/Aldin' (lower right)
    pencil and coloured chalks heightened with white, on ivorine
    15¾ x 11¼ in. (40 x 28.5 cm.), on one sheet

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    Inspired by Aldin's illustrations for Masefield's poem Right Royal, this image shows the favourite 'Right Royal' in the stables before the race and an inset of the horse and his rider racing hard.

    Although not drawn for the poem, it is easy to imagine that Aldin had the following lines in mind as he depictured the horse in his stable:

    'In a race-course box behind the Stand
    Right Royal shone from a strapper's hand.
    A big dark bay with a restless tread,
    Fetlock deep in a wheat-straw bed;'

    Despite being relatively green the odds on 'Right Royal' to win shift from 20-1 to 7-1 overnight and he starts the 'English Chaser's Cup' as favourite. However, the race is not easy for the horse and his jockey, Charles Cothill, and after taking a tumble early on it looks like the pair will finish last. But neither horse nor rider are willing to give up and miraculously they fight their way back from behind to find themselves amongst the leaders in the final stages.

    'Then the White Post shot backwards, Right Royal had won.'

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    The Racing Sale; Sothebys, London, 13 November 1996, lot 139.
    with The Hampton Hill Gallery, Middlesex.