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Sir Alfred J. Munnings, 1878–1959
Former Title(s):

Portrait of Lord Derby's "Hyperion"

The Earl of Derby's horse "Hyperion", Winner of the Derby and the St. Leger, 1933 [1938, Royal Academy of Arts, London, exhibition catalogue]
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
19 3/8 x 23 1/2 inches (49.2 x 59.7 cm)

Signed, lower left: "A. J. Munnings"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
© Estate of Sir Alfred Munnings
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animal art | bridle | brushstrokes | horse (animal)
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

Hyperion was a highly successful horse bred and owned by the Earl of Derby; he was foaled in 1930, by Gainsborough out of Selene. In 1933 he was unbeaten, winning the Derby, the St. Leger, the Chester Vase, and the Prince of Wales Stakes at Ascot. From 1935 he was at Lord Derby's stud at Newmarket, where Munnings painted him in his loose-box. He sired many famous racehorses, and was an ancestor of Paul Mellon's Mill Reef.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 100

Reflections on a Life with Horses : Paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art (Yale Center for British Art, 2007-04-01 - 2008-04-01) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Sojourn at Home: Sporting Paintings from the Paul Mellon Bequest at the Yale Center for British Art (National Sporting Library and Museum, 2002-10-04 - 2003-03-28) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

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]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 100, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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