Launcelot. Winner of the Great St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, 1840, Rode by W. Scott.Own Brother to Touchstone, by Camel, out of Benter, (bred by the Marquis of Westminster in 1826) by Master Henry, her dam, Boadicea (sister to Bucephalus) by Alexander, dam Brunette, &c. The Property of the Most Noble the Marquis of Westminster, by whom he was bred, and to whom this Print is Most Respecfully Dedicated, by his Obliged & very Humble Servant, Rudolph Ackermann.
London: Published November 1st 1840, By R. Ackermann, at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 191, Regent Street.
Coloured aquatint with gum arabic highlights. sheet 425 x 520mm (16¾ x 20½"). Trimmed inside platemark on left.
After Charles Hancock (c.1795 - c.1868). The jockey, William (Bill) Scott (1797–1848), won nineteen Classics and would have won more if he had, like many jockeys of the day, developed a drinking problem: 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'.
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