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‘The Race’ by John Alfred Wheeler (1821-1903).


This fine 19th century sporting oil on canvas depicting a pair of thoroughbred horses comes from the private collection of the legendary race jockey Lester Piggott in whose ownership it has been since 1963. The painting is signed by the artist and presented in a superb quality newly commissioned gold metal leaf frame.


As with all of the original antique oil paintings we sell it is offered in excellent condition, having just been professionally cleaned, restored and re-varnished. Clients should also note that tracked and signed for international shipping is complimentary.


Notes to the reverse:

\\”The picture shows the finish of a match – or race – being won by a colt owned by Mr Pierre Lavilland of the USA, who also owned Iroquois, winner of the 1881 Derby. The label also suggests the colours of the second appear to be those of Mr Laurence Galway.”


John Alfred Wheeler was a successful painter of equine subjects in the latter part of the 19th century. He exhibited at the R.B.A. in Suffolk Street in 1875.


Dimensions: (framed) 45cm x 61cm (17¾” x 24”)

Dimensions: (canvas only) 32cm x 48cm (12½” x 18¾”)

Medium: Oil on board.

Provenance: Purchased from the Tryon Gallery, Dover Street, London in 1963, thence in the private collection of Lester Piggott.

Presentation: Newly commissioned bespoke gold metal leaf frame. All of the new frames we commission are especially made for us to order by one of the UK’s top period frame makers.

Condition: Excellent. Newly professionally cleaned, restored, and re-varnished. Ready to hang.


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