25.th 1839, over 5 miles on Sunbury Common, from the Staines end to the 5 mile stone towards Hampton, which was complete in 2 hours, 55½ minutes. The wheeler, Tommy, trotted 20 miles in harness, two months previous to the above match...and now, for any sum, to the amount of £1000 Mr. B. challenges the distance of the Train from Birmingham to London, & give ½ and hour start! and the money is ready at Mr. Dowlings, Editor of "Bell's Life in London".
Published Nov.r 1.st 1839, for the Proprietor, by R. Ackermann, at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 191 Regent Street St. London.
Coloured aquatint, very fine & rare. Visible area 590 x 773mm. 23½ x 30½".
In 1839, two horses which were driven in tandem trotting 45 miles of road in 2 hours 55.5 minutes were Tommy and Gustavus, a 24 year old. Both horses had won individual match races. By driving this pair backwards and forwards over a measured five mile stretch of road between Hampton and Sunbury, Mr Burke of Hereford won £100 for completing inside 3 hours.
Siltzer: p.150. Hickman: p.304.
[Ref: 24160] £1,250.00