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    Sale 5879

    Victorian & Traditionalist Art

    25 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 881

    Henry Frederick Lucas Lucas (1848-1943)

    Isinglass with Tommy Loates up, on a race course

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    Henry Frederick Lucas Lucas (1848-1943)
    Isinglass with Tommy Loates up, on a race course
    signed, inscribed and dated 'Isinglass/H. F. Lucas Lucas- 94.' (lower left) and inscribed and signed '"Isinglass"/by "Isonomy" - "Deadlock"/T. Loates up/1892- Won the Maiden at Newmarket- value £196/1892- Won the New Stakes " £2006/1892- Won the Middle Park Plate " £2575/1893- Won the TWO THOUSAND GUINEAS/1893- Won the DERBY./1893- Won the ST LEGER./Painted by H. F. LUCAS-LUCAS/Rugby/1893-4' (on reverse)
    oil on canvas
    28 x 36 in. (71 x 91.5 cm.)


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    The elegant colt Isinglass (1890-1911) was a Triple Crown champion in the 1890s who dominated racing in a decade which saw some of the greatest horses of the Victorian era. He was ridden in all his races by Tommy Loates, depicted here.

    Major wins included the New Stakes (1892); Middle Park Plate (1892); Newmarket Stakes (1893); 2,000 Guineas (1893); Epsom Derby (1893); St. Leger Stakes (1893); Eclipse Stakes (1894); Princess of Wales's Stakes (1894); Ascot Gold Cup (1895); 6th U.K. Triple Crown Champion (1893). His world record for career earnings remained unbroken in England for 57 years.

    Sent to Cheveley Park Stud near Newmarket for breeding duty, Isinglass sired three British Classic Race winners, Cherry Lass, Glass Doll, and Louvois. He also was very successful as a sire of broodmares, notably as the damsire of Prince Palatine. His skeleton is in the Natural History Museum, London.

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