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.