Alfred William Cox's Horse "Lemberg"
After Alfred Charles Havell (1855-1928)
Colour printed photogravure with hand tinted finish
Published by Messrs. Fores, Piccadilly
43.2 cm high x 53.5 cm wide (image)
50.2 cm high x 60.4 cm wide (framed)
In its original Edwardian dark oak frame.
Lettered beneath the image with the title "Lemberg / By Cyllene - Galicia" / The Property of A.W.Cox Esq ("Mr. Fairie") / From the Original Picture by A.C. Havell. / Winner of the New Stakes Ascot, Chesterfield Stakes Sandown, Rous Memorial Goodwood, & Newmarket Middle Park Plate & Dewhurst Stakes 1909, The Derby, Eclipse Stakes (Dead Heat with 'Neil Gow'), Jockey Club Stakes, Champion, Lowther & Sandown Foal Stakes, 1910". Publication line "Published February 1st 1911 by Messrs. Fores, 41 Piccadilly, London."
A fine copy of this excellent image of the 1910 Derby winner "Lemberg" (1907–1928). The horse probably depicted at Epsom with the Irish jockey Bernard Dillon up in the saddle, wearing the colours of his silver-mining owner A. W. Cox (who, unusually, raced under a 'nom de course' of "Mr.Fairie") of a white jacket with orange sleeves and an orange cap. A.W. Cox had made a fortune in Australia having won in a card game a share in the Broken Hill Mine, New South Wales - it was to become one of the greatest paying mines in the world. "Lemberg" was trained by Alec Taylor Jr. and was ridden in the Derby by Bernard Dillon. "Lemberg" went on to become a successful stallion. He was Britain's Champion sire in 1922, producing a number of classic winners. The jockey Bernard Dillon became third husband of the Music Hall star Marie Lloyd (though their marriage was unhappy).
Alfred Charles Havell was a member of the Havell family which included John James Audubon's engraver and printer: Robert Havell, Jr. Alfred Charles Havell first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1878 and soon afterwards took up commissions with Messrs. Fores to record important racehorses of the day for subsequent publication. He effectively became their retained in-house artist with a studio in their premises, a connection which continued until his death in 1928.
For prints by Havell see p.115-116, Charles Lane, "British Racing Prints 1700-1940", London, The Sportsman's Press, 1990
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