SPENCER, Thomas.

[Portraits of Race Horses with their pedigrees, achievements, etc.]


[Portraits of Race Horses with their pedigrees, achievements, etc.]

London, T. Butler, 1747–1753.

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A fine and very rare set of racing prints. Sparrow notes its rarity in 1922, ‘rare no doubt, because so many of the copies have been broken up in order that the prints might be sold one by one’ (W.S. Sparrow, British Sporting Artists). Thomas Spencer may be regarded as a close follower of his contemporary, James Seymour; in fact, his manner of painting is in some ways more engaging than Seymour’s since, despite the sometimes stiff portrayal of grooms and attendants, his horses themselves appear more fluid.

Each engraving comprises of an image of a horse at centre with its jockey surrounded by panels containing details of the pedigree and performance of each race-horse. The horses are as follows: Fox, Squirril, Sebbury, Brokelsby Betty, Volunteer, Othello, Starling, Crab. Bay Bolten, Lath, Basto, Carlisle, Second, Young Cartouche, Spanking Roger, Bonny Black, Bal’d Charlotte, Creeping Molly, Lamprie, Childers, Fearnought, Conqueror, Old Scar, and Old Cartouche.


Landscape folio (337 x 455 mm); 24 (of 34) engraved plates after Thomas Spencer and James Seymour, by Pierre Charles Canot, Remi Parr, and Henry Roberts; some foxing and browning, several plates with neatly repaired tears and some marginal reinforcement; contemporary half calf over marbled boards, rebacked, extremities worn otherwise a very good example.


Siltzer 389; Lane 168; Sparrow 77.


Stock ID: 97447