20 - 21 September 2004
FRANCIS CALCRAFT TURNER (1795-1846)
CARDINAL PUFF WINNING THE TRADESMAN'S PLATE AT CHESTER RACES, 1839
signed 'F. C. Turner. 1839' (lower centre)
oil on canvas
20 x 29 in. (51 x 73.5 cm.)
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R.M. Bevan, The Roodee 450 Years of Racing in Chester, London, 1989 (jacket cover illustration).
London, Christie's, British Sporting Art Trust 25th Anniversary Exhibition, Sporting Art in Britain, 6-22 January 2003, no. 67.
Francis Calcraft Turner specialised in painting racing and sporting scenes, exhibiting seventy paintings at the Royal Academy, British Institution and Society of British Artists from 1810 to 1846. Around eighty of his pictures were engraved in The Sporting Magazine between 1832 and 1845. This picture seems likely to have been commissioned by Robert Grosvenor, 1st Marquess of Westminster to celebrate the victory of his horse Cardinal Puff, with Sam Darling up, in a field of eighteen runners. The distance was twice round Chester's small oval course 'starting at the Castle-pole and ending at the Coming in chair'. The Tradesman's Plate is still run at the May Meeting at Chester.
R.M. Bevan's The Roodee 450 Years of Racing in Chester, London, 1989, which uses this picture as its jacket cover illustration, is included in lot 1028.
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