• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 12309

    Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art, Maritime Art, Sporting & Wildlife Art

    7 July 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 328

    John Nost Sartorius (1755-1828)


    Price Realised  


    John Nost Sartorius (1755-1828)
    signed and indistinctly dated 'JN Sartorius 17**' (lower right) and inscribed 'Highflyer' (lower centre)
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 in. (30.4 x 35.6 cm.)

    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Contact the department

    Highflyer was a bay colt by King Herod out of Rachel. Foaled in 1774, he was bred by Sir Charles Bunbury, and was later sold to Lord Bolingbroke. He was unbeaten in his racing career (1777-1779), running under the name of Mr Compton, as Lord Bolingbroke was by then insolvent, resulting in "Highflyer's" sale to Richard Tattersall in the Spring of 1779. He was retired to Stud at the close of the 1779 season at Tattersall's recently purchased estate near Ely, renamed Highflyer Hall. He was champion stallion for 13 of his 14 years at Stud, dying at the age of 19 in 1793. With Flying Childers and Eclipse he is judged as one of the three best 18th century thoroughbreds, his progeny winning the huge sum of £170,407 between 1783 and 1801.