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    Sale 7589

    Sporting Art

    23 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 60

    Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908)

    The Birdcage at Newmarket

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    Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908)
    The Birdcage at Newmarket
    oil on canvas
    60 x 114 in. (152.5 x 289.5 cm.)

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    This monumental sporting panorama depicts the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket following the 2,000 Guineas Stakes in 1885. The winner, Mr Broderick Cloete's Paradox, with Fred Archer up, can be seen in the centre of the picture. He is shown riding towards two figures, the trainer John Porter, in black, and the owner Mr Broderick Cloete. The jockey of the runner up Grafton, is depicted in the far right wearing the pink and white stripes of Mr Gerard. Charlie Wood who finished third on The Child of the Mist is standing next to his mount and is wearing the 'Rob Roy' tartan of its owner Mr J. T Mackenzie.

    The picture shows many alumni of the racing world of the late 19th century, including The Prince of Wales, seen to the left of The Child of the Mist with the Earl of Rosebery to his right.

    Paradox was a bay colt foaled in 1882 by Sterling out of Casuistry. His first owner, the Duke of Westminster, considered the colt an 'ugly brute' and instructed his trainer John Porter of Kingsclere to sell him. He was purchased by Mr Broderick Cloete for £5,000. He proved to be a wise purchase and in addition to the 2,000 Guineas Stakes he won the Dewhurst Plate; the Grand Prix de Paris; the Sussex Stakes; the Champion Stakes; and the Free Handicap at Newmarket.
    Despite Paradox's success he was a difficult ride and would stop galloping once he was out in front. This tendency cost him The Derby, when Fred Archer, on Melton, allowed Paradox to take the lead, and when he slowed Melton was able to win in the final stride of the race.

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    Anon. sale; Sotheby's, London, 12 November 1997, lot 263 (£78,500 to the present owner).