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    Sale 1986

    Important Old Master Paintings Part I And Part II

    15 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 217

    Follower of Benjamin Marshall

    A match between Eagle and Bobtail, at Newmarket, 1804

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    Follower of Benjamin Marshall
    A match between Eagle and Bobtail, at Newmarket, 1804
    oil on canvas
    36 x 48½ in. 91.4 x 123.2 cm.

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    This painting was formerly incorrectly titled 'A match between King Charles and Luckless' who were in fact two fictional horses. Instead it depicts the match between Eagle and Bobtail for 200 guineas over 6 furlongs at Newmarket on 4th April 1804. The winner (Eagle) is in the colors of Mr. (later Colonel) Mellish and the looser those of the Earl of Egremont (Dark Green; Black cap). In fact, Egremont had given or sold Bobtail to his trainer Frank Neale after a fine career for his lordship from 1798 to 1802 but for some reason Neale decided to run in Egremont's silks.

    The present work depicts various elements taken from works by Marshall. The image of Eagle is taken from an unfinished Marshall of the match between Eagle and Eleanor on 31st October 1804 that belongs to the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. Also taken from another work by Marshall is the image of Fuller, the clerk of the course, as is the man on the horse by the winning post. Also shown is Richard Prince, trainer of Eagle, as the figure beside the judge's box. This image comes from another Marshall painting and a similar image can be seen in the Mellon Collection.


    with Pawsey & Payne, London.
    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 15 November 1929, lot 24 (£63 to E.A. Lewis).
    with Vicar Brothers, London, by 24 October 1933.
    with Arthur Ackermann & Son, London, by March 1934.

    Pre-Lot Text



    A. Edward Newton, Horse and Horsemen at the Museum, Bulletin of the Pennsylvania Museum, vol. 29, no. 161, March 1934, illustrated p. 54. A. Noakes, Ben Marshall, Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, p. 66.


    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Museum of Art, Horses in Art, 24 February - 26 March 1934.
    Pasadena, The Pasadena Art Museum, English Sporting Art, 11 November - 11 December 1955.
    Fullerton, California, The Muckenthaler Cultural Center, The Equestrian in Art, 7-30 September 1984.