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Robert Polhill Bevan, 1865–1925

A Morning at Tattersall's

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
25 1/8 x 30 1/8 inches (63.8 x 76.5 cm)

Signed, lower right: "Robert Bevan"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animals | auction house | betting | bowler | costume | crowd | gambling | genre subject | headgear | horse (animal) | men | owners | shawl | shawls | stables | tail coat | top hat | walking sticks | women
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

As the presence of the finely dressed people on the left suggests, Tattersall’s was an upmarket London auction house for horses, handling the sale of racehorses, hunters, and gentlemen’s carriage horses. The firm was founded in the eighteenth century; its original premises were at Hyde Park Corner, although by Bevan’s time it had moved to the Albert Gate, Knightsbridge, taking with it the statue of a fox under a cupola that had become its trademark. Bevan was a familiar sight at the horse auctions. His son recalled that he always looked at home there, and “rather relished looking like a man who had more to do with horses and hounds than with canvas and paint.”

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 122

The Paul Mellon Bequest : Treasures of a Lifetime (Yale Center for British Art, 2001-02-17 - 2001-04-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

The Camden Group (Yale Center for British Art, 1980-04-16 - 1980-06-29) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Wendy Baron, The Camden Town Group, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1980, pp. 10, 11, no. 16, fig. 16, ND468.5 C35 B371 + OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Paul Mellon's Legacy : a passion for British art [large print labels], , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2007, v. 1, N5220 M552 P381 2007 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 122, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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