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Creator:
James Pollard, 1792–1867, British
Title:

Epsom Races: Preparing to Start

Date:
1834 to 1835
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 12 1/8 x 18 5/8 inches (30.8 x 47.3 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

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:
B2001.2.200
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
costume | equestrian | jockeys | recreation | sporting art | Victorian
Associated Places:
England | Epsom | Europe | Surrey | United Kingdom
Access:
On view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:42330
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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

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)


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