The Father of the Turf

Method Mezzotint
Artist John Jones after John Wootton.
Published Published by John Bodger and Hunt & Co. and Mr Weatherby and Messers. Tattersall's Saterday 4th June 1971
Dimensions Image 455 x 357 mm Sheet 548 x 354 mm
Notes Tregonwell Frampton Esq. of Moreton, in Dorestshire, _ Keeper of the Running Horses at Newmarket, to thir MAJESTIES William the Third,/ Queen Anne, George the First, & Geroge the Second; Died 12th of March 1727 _ Aged 86 Years./ This extraordinary Character was born in theReign of King Charles the First, when Sports of Horse Racing commenced at NEWMARKET, and he was owner of the celebrated Horse DRAGON, whose Portrait appears / in a Frame in the Back Ground.______ The most remarakable event in the lives of this Gentleman & his Horse Dragon, is most pathetically depicted by D. John Hawkesworth (in No. 37 of the Adventurer) in the following words, supposed to be spoken by the / Horse in the Elysium of Beasts and Birds. __ "It is true", replied the STEED ;I was favourite: but what avails it to be the favorite of caprice, avarice, and barbarity! My tyrant was a Man who had gained a considerable fortune by play, particulary racing __ I had / "won him many large sums, but being at length excepted out of every match, as having no equal, he regarded even my excellence with malignity, when it was no longer subservient to his interest. Yet I still lived in ease and plenty; and as he was able to sell even my plea- /" " sures, though my labor was become useless, I had a seraglio in which there was a prepetual succession of new beauties. At last, however, another competitor, appeared: I enjoyed a new triumph by anticipation; I rushed into the field, panting for the conquest; and the first heat / "Iput my master in the possession of the stakes which ammounted to 1000 Gunieas. M._____ the proprietor of the mare that I had distanced, notwithstanding this disgrase, delcared with geat zeal, that she should run the newxt day against and gelding in the world for / "double the sum: my master immediately accepted the challenge, and told him, that he would the next day produce a gelding that should beat her : but what was my astonishment and indignattion when I discovered that he most cruelly and fradulently intended to / "qualify me for this match upon the spot: and to sacrifice my life at the very moment in which every never should be strained in his service. As I knew it would be in vain to resist, I suffered myself to be bound: the operation was performed and I was instandtly mount- / "ed and spurred on to the goal. Injured as I was, the love of glory was still superior to the desire of revenge: I determined to die as I had lived, without an equal; and having again won the rase, I sunk down at the posr in agony, which soon out an end to my life". / When I heard this horrid narrative, which indeed I remembered to be true, I turned about in honest confusion, and blushed that I was a man." / Publish'd as the Act of directs 4 June 1791, and sold by the Proprietor J.Bodger, Land Surveyor, Stilton, Hunts, & an No 53 High Holborn. MWetherby, Racing Calaendar Office No 7 Overden 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 1790 last Page."

Chaloner Smith 30 i/i, Lennox - Boyd i/i

Ex. Col.: Hon. Chriatopher Lennox-Boyd

Condition: trimmed within the plate, creasing to sheet and image.
Framing unmounted
Price £700.00
Stock ID 24658