• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 2282

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings, & Watercolors

    27 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 230

    Lionel Dalhousie Robertson Edwards (Clifton 1878-1966 Wiltshire)

    Captain Bennett and Sergeant Murphy at Becher's Brook, 1923 Grand National

    Price Realised  

    Lionel Dalhousie Robertson Edwards (Clifton 1878-1966 Wiltshire)
    Captain Bennett and Sergeant Murphy at Becher's Brook, 1923 Grand National
    signed and dated 'Lionel Edwards/23' (lower right)
    pencil and watercolor heightened with white on paper laid down on card
    19¼ x 17½ in. (48.9 x 44.5 cm.)


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    Sergeant Murphy was the first American horse to win the Grand National in 1923. Sergeant Murphy went to the pole with odds of 100 to 6 against and yet finished three lengths beyond the field. Owned by John Sanford, the first American to win this race, and ridden by an amateur rider Captain G.H. Bennett, Sergeant Murphy was by General Symons, out of Rose Craft. John Sanford (1851-1939) was a businessman, a prominent owner and breeder of thoroughbred racehorses, and a congressman. In 1916 he won the Kentucky Derby with his colt, George Smith and in 1933 he won the American Grand National with Best Play. He was a member of the New York Racing Commission and the Sanford Stakes, run annually at Saratoga, is named in his family's honor.

    Provenance

    with The William Marler Gallery, Cirencester, from whom purchased on 27 September 1983.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF THOMAS J. CARROLL