The present work was honorarily presented by the University Club of Paris to William Welles Bosworth in 1953. Nicknamed "The Rockefeller Architect," Bosworth (1868-1966) designed some of the most famous buildings in the United States, including the AT&T Building in New York City, the Theodore N. Vail mansion in Morristown, New Jersey, and the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the 1920s, under the patronage of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Bosworth moved to France to head the restoration of Versailles and Notre Dame. He was awarded several honors abroad, including the French Legion of Honor and the French Cross of the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
This bronze model of a Percheron mare and foal is part of a larger series by Herbert Haseltine of twenty "British Champion Animals," including other horses, cows, and pigs. The mare depicted in the present work won a number of prizes at agricultural shows between 1917 and 1922. Other casts of varied size are included in several public collections, such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia; the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.