Herring's Doncaster Gold Cup at Sotheby's Old Masters

Friday, November 29, 2019
Herring's Doncaster Gold Cup at Sotheby's Old Masters

Property from an American Private Collection JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SNR. Surrey 1795 - 1863 Meopham, Kent The Start of the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1825: Lottery, Longwaist, Cedric and Figaro all with jockey up

Image:  JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SNR., Surrey 1795 - 1863 Meopham, Kent, The Start of the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1825: Lottery, Longwaist, Cedric and Figaro all with jockey up

 

The 1825 Doncaster Gold Cup was won by Lottery, a large dark bay racehorse by Tramp out of Mandane, which is seen here on the left with his jockey G. Nelson up, held by a groom. Bred by Richard Watt, at Bishop Burton in Yorkshire, he was an attractive, sixteen-hand tall, racehorse with a nervous and uncertain temperament but extraordinary natural ability. Owned by Thomas Whitaker of Downthorpe Hall, he displayed a number of undesirable traits as a colt, such as getting down and rolling when he could not rid himself of his rider in any other way, but when he did run he was outstanding and was considered by some ‘the horse of a century’ who gave ‘splendid exhibitions of courage and speed’.

In 1824, as a four-year-old, Lottery won the King’s Plate at Newcastle and beat Abronat York by six lengths, going on to win the Cup at the same meeting by ten lengths. His greatest victory, however, was the 1825 Doncaster Gold cup. A famously hard-fought race, he led all the way, beating Mr Craven's Longwaist by a neck but leaving the rest of the field over half a mile behind; including Mr Lumley's second place finisher Falcon; Mr Farquharson's Figaro (the rightmost of the three horses depicted here); Lord Silgo's Starch; Mr Lambton's Cedric (the middle horse of the three horses on the right); the Duke of Leeds’ Crowcatcher; Lord Exeter's Zealot; and Mr Duncome's bay filly St Helena. In all Lottery won eleven races. However, his always uncertain temper and naturally erratic behaviour was aggravated by over training and mismanagement, but for which many contemporaries thought he would otherwise have been one of the most brilliant performers on the British turf.  

As a stallion Lottery sired numerous winners, including the St Leger winner Choristerand no less than eight winners of the Grand National at Aintree descended from him within six generations. In 1834 he was imported to France by Henri Lacase where he stood for the French National Stud at the Bois de Boulogne, with Cadland and Physician, and sired some good stayers that made their mark on the French turf. One of his sons, Consul, was sent to the USA where he got one of America’s great race mares, Miss Foote; and his daughter, Frolicsome Fanny, was the dam of one of America’s best pre-Civil War racehorses, Planet.

 

 JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SNR., Surrey 1795 - 1863 Meopham, Kent, The Start of the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1825: Lottery, Longwaist, Cedric and Figaro all with jockey up

 

Founded in 1766 the Doncaster Gold Cup is the oldest continuously run horse race in Britain and a subject that Herring treated on a number of occasions. A variant of this composition, different in format and signed and dated 1825, was sold in New York, Sotheby’s, 4 November 2011, lot 101 for $2.1 million. Despite being essentially self-taught, Herring's paintings are undoubtedly the most accurate depictions of the history of the turf in the first half of the nineteenth century. The artist had sketched animals since childhood. At the age of eighteen, while working as a coachman, he was able to study many different breeds of horses at close quarters and by the age of twenty-five he was exhibiting at the Royal Academy. His evident talent was highly prized by the wealthy British aristocracy and supporters of the turf, including Queen Victoria, who commissioned him extensively to immortalise their much cherished racehorses and hunters.

 

Old Masters Evening Sale

Sotheby's, 4 December 2019

Lot 38

JOHN FREDERICK HERRING SNR.
Surrey 1795 - 1863 Meopham, Kent
The Start of the Doncaster Gold Cup, 1825: Lottery, Longwaist, Cedric and Figaro all with jockey up

Estimate: GBR 150,000 - GBR 200,000

 

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