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James Pollard, 1792–1867

Epsom Races: Preparing to Start

1834 to 1835
Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
12 1/8 x 18 5/8 inches (30.8 x 47.3 cm)

Signed and dated, brown paint, lower right: " J Pollard 1835"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
costume | equestrian | jockeys | recreation | sporting art | Victorian
Associated Places:
England | Epsom | Europe | Surrey | United Kingdom
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

These scenes of a race meeting at Epsom in Surrey, where the English Derby is run, are from a series of six published in the form of aquatint prints in 1836. The whereabouts of the other two, Saddling in the Warren and The Grand Stand, are at present unknown. From the first scene, The Betting Post, Pollard places some emphasis on the gambling that accompanied the races. In the final painting he changes the setting from Epsom to Tattersall's, near Hyde Park Corner in London. It was on the premises of this celebrated horse auctioneers that betting accounts would be settled and disputes adjudicated on the Monday following the races.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 90

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]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, p. 274, no. 299, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

N. C. Selway, Golden age of coaching and sport, as depicted by James Pollard , F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-sea, 1972, no. 195, NJ18 P7425 +S45 (YCBA) [YCBA]

N. C. Selway, James Pollard 1792-1867, painter of the age of coaching , F. Lewis, Publishers, Limited, Leigh-on-sea, 1965, no. 166, NJ18 P7425 +S452 1965 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Sotheby's sale catalogue : The Mr. and Mrs. Jack R Dick collection of English sporting and conversation painting part one : 31 October 1973, London, October 31, 1973, lot 32, Fiche B18 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 90, fig. b, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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