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    Sale 5129

    Sporting Art, Wildlife & Dogs

    7 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 158

    Charles Walter Simpson, R.I., R.O.I. (British, 1885-1971)

    Becher's Brook

    Price Realised  

    Charles Walter Simpson, R.I., R.O.I. (British, 1885-1971)
    Becher's Brook
    signed 'Charles Simpson' (lower right)
    gouache on board
    26½ x 39¼ in. (67.3 x 99.7 cm.)


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    Becher's Brook is a fence jumped twice during the Grand National horse race at Aintree, Liverpool, England - as the sixth and the twenty-second fence.

    The fence took its name from Captain Becher, who fell there from his mount conrad in the first Aintree Grand National in 1839, and sheltered in the small brook running along the landing side of the fence while the remainder of the field thundered over.
    It has always been a notorious and controversial obstacle during this most severe of sporting events, and in 1989, the course executive bowed to public pressure and levelled off a tricky backward slope on the landing side of the fence to remove a hidden trap that had caused many horses to fall. At the same time they also removed the water from the brook as there was a risk that a fallen horse could drown.

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