Don John. Winner of the Great St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, 1838, Rode by W. Scott.Bred in 1835, by Mr Garforth _ by Tramp or Waverley (the later known to be his Sire) out of a Comus Mare, (bred in 1820 or 1821, by Mr Garforth) her dam Marciana, by Stamford, out of Marcia, by Coriander. The Property of the Right Hon.ble the Earl of Chesterfield, to whom this Print is Most Respecfully Dedicated, by his very Obliged & Humble Servant, Rudolph Ackermann, 191 Regent St:
London: Published November 1st 1838, By R. Ackermann, at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 191, Regent Street.
Coloured aquatint with gum arabic highlights, sheet 410 x 520mm (16 x 20½"). Tear in inscription area repaired; trimmed to plate; paper watermarked 'Whatman 1838'.
After John E. Ferneley (1782-1860). The jockey, William (Bill) Scott (1797–1848), won nineteen Classics and would have won more if he had not enjoyed his drink: he rode Sir Tatton Sykes to second place in the Epsom Derby, but several sources say he would have won if Scott had not been 'drunk and unable to steer his mount on a proper course'. Scott claimed on his deathbed that he 'had never pulled a horse in his life, never gone to bed sober and never kissed a lass against her will'. The sporting painter Ferneley established himself at Melton Mowbray, 'the centre of the sporting world', and proudly mentioned the town name when signing his paintings (as here). He exhibited at the Royal Academy and British Institution, and several of his paintings are now in Leicester Art Gallery.
Siltzer: pp.111-121, 'It is an extraordinary thing that there are so few prints after Ferneley'.
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