The Father of the Turf,Tregonwell Frampton Esq.re of Moreton, in Dorsetshire [...] "I turned about in honest confusion, and blushed that I was a man".
Published as the Act directs, 4 June, 1791 & sold by the Proprietor J. Bodger, Land Surveyor, Stilton, Hunts. & at No. 53 High Holborn. Mr. Weatherby, Racing Calendar Office, No. 7 Oxendon Street Haymarket, & at Messrs. Tattersalls, London, at the Coffee Room, Newmarket: Also at all the Principal Towns in England. ____ See the Seven Companion Prints in Racing Calendar Book 1791, last Page.
Mezzotint, approx 550 x 360mm (21½ x 14¼"). Outside of frame 690 x 510mm (27 x 20"). Unexamined out of frame. Title area dirty.
Portrait of Tregonwell Frampton (1641-1727), 'a commoner who thought nothing of losing 1,000 guineas on a race, who managed the royal stable though five reigns, from Charles II's to the first year of George II's, and became the arbiter in any enquiries, fouls, and disputes at the finishing line'. The text below includes an anecdote about Frampton and his horse, Dragon, 'supposed to be spoken by the Horse in the Elysium of Beasts and Birds'.
CS: 30; see Donald W. Nichol, 'Lost Trousers' in TLS, July 26 2013; for coloured impression see ref. 8627
[Ref: 23419] £490.00