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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 38

    Francis Sartorius (London 1773-1804)

    Shark beating Leviathan

    Price Realised  

    Francis Sartorius (London 1773-1804)
    Shark beating Leviathan
    indistinctly signed and dated 'Sartorius...: Pinxt 1799' and inscribed 'Shark beating Leviathan 1777[?]' (lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 39½ in. (61 x 100.4 cm.)


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    This picture shows Mr Robert Pigott's famous horse Shark beating Lord Abingdon's Leviathan over the Beacon course at Newmarket for 1,000 gns. on 5th April 1777. Shark conceeded 7lbs and scored one of his nineteen victories. The horses had met in 1776 (Shark again won that time - at level weights). However, we know it is the 1777 race since Pigott changed his colours from 'Pink' to what was called 'Bloom colour, with Green cap'. Lord Abingdon had 'Blue & White stripes' for both matches.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Mallett, June 1985.