Oil Painting Race Horse 'Spion Kop'  Winner Derby Stakes 1920 Signed Frederick Albert Clarke - image 1 of 16

1 Fine Art Antique English Early 20th Century Oil Painting Portrait Of A Race Horse 'Spion Kop' By Known artist Frederick Albert Clark.
Subject Equine race horse portrait of Spion Kop winner of the 1920 Derby Stakes, facing left towards his stable outside with a large tall sloping wall which has sphere capping on in the background with trees shown just behind, to the right is a large gate. A beautiful summers day with blue sky & white clouds overhead. The horse's blanket is resting on the stable door. The horse is also casting a shadow.
Oil on canvas.
Circa early 20th century dated 1920.
This painting is distinctly signed in red by the English listed worldwide well known accomplished artist Frederick Albert Clark. This is a fine example of his work.
Provenance from Sworders lot 188 in the old master British & European art sale on 27th September 2022 label, inscription & artist biography verso, original label showing the title of this painting and dated. Also inscribed Maire G Loders Spion Kop Winner of the 1920 Derby Stakes Ridden by F O Neil. Marie Loders was Giles Loder's wife. Giles loder was the owner of the horse shown in this painting Spion Kop.
The 1920 Epsom Derby was a horse race which took place at Epsom Downs on 2 June 1920. It was the 141st running of the Derby and was won by Giles Loder's Spion Kop. The winner was ridden by the American jockey Frank O'Neill and trained by Peter Gilpin.The Derby was run on an unusually hot day in front of an estimated crowd of 250,000 including the King and Queen. Spion Kop started at odd of 100/6 (approximately 16/1) in a field of 19 runners.
The favourite was the 2000 Guineas winner Tetratema a colt noted for his exceptional early speed but with dubious stamina. Tetratema went into an early lead and set an extremely fast pace as he was challenged by Abbot's Trace (ridden by Steve Donoghue), while O’Neill settled Spion Kop well back in the field. Tetratema dropped back soon after half way and Abbot's Trace led into the straight as Spion Kop made rapid progress from the rear. Spion Kop took the lead three furlongs from the finish and ran on strongly up the straight to win by two lengths from Archaic and Orpheus in a new race record time of 2:34.8.
The most dramatic incident of the race occurred in the closing stages when Abbot's Trace was brought down in a collision with Sarchedon, who finished fourth. Reference sources, the Clarke family of artists, Wikipedia, 1stdibs & Christies.
Having such magnificent controlled brush work.
Such a delightful equestrian horse animal lovers scene.
Set in such an attractive gilt wood original frame.
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With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
Condition report offered in fine used condition. Having some foxing stains,minor paint loss, dust, craquelure to the canvas surface in places. Canvas has been relined. With general wear, dust, scuffs, some chips to the frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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Dimensions in centimetres of frame

High (63.5cm)
Length depth thickness (3.75cm)
Wide (72cm)

Canvas, Oil Paint
England • English
Early 20th Century

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Oil Painting Race Horse 'Spion Kop' Winner Derby Stakes 1920 Signed Frederick Albert Clarke

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