George Stubbs ARA 1724-1806
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George Stubbs ARA 1724-1806

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“Eclipse” the property of Dennis O'Kelly Esq.


Mezzotint engraving by Thomas Burke after George Stubbs published by R.H. Laurie, 53 Fleet Steet, London

Printed in black: IV and final state. (Lennox-Boyd, Dixon and Clayton George Stubbs, the complete engraved works page 130 number 32) plate size 460x 565 mm


Provenance: from a large folio of Stubbs' prints assembled by his publisher Edward Orme.


Eclipse, “the greatest racehorse that ever ran” is here shown outside the rubbing-down house at Newmarket, presumabl;y after his closest race, against Mr Wentworth's Bucephalus which was the last race ridden by Wildman. He was bred by the Duke of Cumberland on whose death in 1765 he was bought by William Wildman for 75 Guineas. He was not raced until he was a 5-year-old, and was so superior that Kelly predicted (accurately) that the result would be “Eclipse first and the rest nowhere”. O'Kelly bought the horse from Wildman in 1770 for 1,760 guineas – an astonishing sum, but Kelly considered it a bargain. He was unbeaten in the next two seasons, until he was retired to stud at Canons, near Edgware where he died 27 February 1789, having sired 334 winners.

Originally advertised for sale by the publisher for 5 shillings