Ben Marshall (Seagrave 1768-1835 London)
Ben Marshall (Seagrave 1768-1835 London)

Souvenir with jockey up, with a trainer at Newmarket

Ben Marshall (Seagrave 1768-1835 London)
Souvenir with jockey up, with a trainer at Newmarket
inscribed, signed, and dated 'SOUVENIR / B. Marshall pt. / 1829.' (lower right)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 in. (101.6 x 127 cm.)
in a contemporary carved and gilded frame
with Frank Sabin, London, by 1922.
with Marshall Field, New York.
W.S. Sparrow, British Sporting Artists, London, 1922, p. 173, no. 7.
W.S. Sparrow, George Stubbs and Ben Marshall, London, 1929, illustrated opposite p. 58.
A. Noakes, Ben Marshall 1768-1835, Leighton-on-Sea, 1978, p. 52, no. 192.
Sale room notice
Please note that this lot was not engraved by J. Scott as stated in the catalogue.

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Lot Essay

Souvenir was a bay filly by Orville out of Dulcamara foaled in 1824. She was bred by Alexander Nowell of Underley Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, who is possibly the gentleman shown on horseback on the left-side of this picture. She ran for four seasons and retired to Lord Sefton’s stud at Newmarket where she produced nine foals.

As a juvenile she debuted at Newmarket where she came second, and then beat three other youngsters at Swaffham later in the same year. As a three year old in 1827 she won the Drawing Room Stakes at Goodwood and in the Autumn she won the Garden Stakes at Newmarket Second October. In 1828 she went on to win, among other races, the King’s Plate at Newmarket and the Goodwood Stakes. In her final season on the turf she won one race, the King’s Plate at Newmarket, beating the 1828 Oaks winner Turquoise.

William Philip Molyneux, 2nd Earl Sefton (1772-1838), who purchased Souvenir for his stud, was a highly enthusiastic gambler and sportsman. He was Master of the Quorn and helped to establish what is now Aintree Racecourse, home of the Grand National, of which he was one of the principal sponsors. He earned the nickname ‘Lord Dashalong’ because of his love for hurtling through the streets of London in his carriage.

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