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"Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable -Lad, and a Jockey' by George Stubbs

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   July 6, 2011 07:01

 "Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" by George Stubbs

 

"Gimcrack on Newmarket Heath, with a Trainer, a Stable-Lad, and a Jockey" fetched 22.4 million pounds ($35.9 million) at Christie's in London on Tuesday, (June 4, 2011), the third most valuable old mater painting to be sold at auction, the company said.

The work was painted by Stubbs, renowned for his anatomically precise portrayals of horses, in 1765, and was described by the auctioneer as a "true masterpiece."

It depicts Gimcrack, one of th emost admired 18th centure racehorses which won 28 of his 36 races and finished unplaced only once.

The painting shoes Gimcrack twice -- in the background winning a "trial" and in the foreground with his trainer and jockey, a stable lad rubbing him down.

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