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Ben Marshall (1768-1835)
Ben Marshall (1768-1835)
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THE B.J. EASTWOOD COLLECTION: IMPORTANT SPORTING AND IRISH ART
Ben Marshall (1768-1835)

'Bravura', an iron-grey filly, with James Robinson up, with her owner Sir Robert Keith Dick, Bt., her trainer mounted on a grey pony to the left, on Newmarket Heath

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Ben Marshall (1768-1835)
'Bravura', an iron-grey filly, with James Robinson up, with her owner Sir Robert Keith Dick, Bt., her trainer mounted on a grey pony to the left, on Newmarket Heath
signed, inscribed and dated 'Bravura/B. Marshall/1825' (centre left, on the trough)
oil on canvas
40 x 50 ½ in. (101.6 x 128.3 cm.)
Painted in 1825.
Provenance
Alfred H. Caspary; Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, 29 - 30 April 1955, lot 252.
Huntington Hartford, New York.
The Mr. and Mrs. Jack R. Dick Collection (Part Two) ; Sotheby's, London, 26 June 1974, lot 70.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 18 April 1986, lot 56, where acquired for the present collection.
Literature
Sporting Magazine, vol. LXVII, 1826, p. 349.
T.H. Taunton, Portraits of Celebrated Racehorses, London, 1827, vol. II, pp. 226-228 (illustrated).
W. Shaw Sparrow, British Sporting Artists, London, 1922, p. 177, no. 22.
Connoisseur, March 1966, pp. 200-203, no. 3.
P. Willet, The Thoroughbred, London, 1970, p. 52 (detail illustrated).
A. Noakes, Ben Marshall, 1768-1835, Leigh-on-Sea, 1978, p. 50, no. 179.
Exhibited
London, Spink's, Catalogue of Sporting Pictures, 1926, no. 10.
New York, Gallery of Modern Art, Paintings from the Huntington Hartford Collection in the Gallery of Modern Art, 1964, no. 2.

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Lot Essay


This superb work by Marshall formed part of the celebrated Dick Collection sold in a series of sales at Sotheby’s in the 1970s. Bravura was foaled in 1821 by Outcry out of Prodigious and was bred by G. Dawson of Haddington, North Berwick. She was sold to Mr R. Pettit and later purchased by Sir Robert Keith Dick, Bt. She won seven races in 1824, including the Woodpark Stakes at Epsom. Her filly Barcarolle won the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1838. James Robinson (1794–1873) rode winners of twenty-four British Classic Races. His six wins in The Derby set a record which was not surpassed until Lester Piggott won his seventh Derby in 1976, while Robinson’s record of nine wins in the 2000 Guineas remains unequalled.

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