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Creator:
James Seymour, 1702–1752, British
Title:

The Duke of Devonshire's Flying Childers

Former Title(s):

Flying Childers with a Groom

Date:
1742
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Support (PTG): 40 x 50 inches (101.6 x 127 cm)
Inscription(s)/Marks/Lettering:

Signed and dated, lower right: "[monogram] | 1742"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
B2001.2.164
Classification:
Paintings
Collection:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
animals | costume | duke | equestrian | horse (animal) | portrait | reins | rural | sporting art
Associated Places:
Devonshire | England | Europe | United Kingdom
Access:
Not on view
Link:
https://collections.britishart.yale.edu/catalog/tms:42478
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Foaled in 1715, the great Flying Childers was bred by Colonel Leonard Childers at Doncaster and bought from him by the Duke of Devonshire as a yearling. He never lost a race, and is now recognized as the first supreme thoroughbred racehorse. The demand for portraits of him continued long after his career was over and Seymour painted a number of variations on the present work, most of them dated in the 1740s. The groom steadying him with the reins wears the Duke of Devonshire's livery of blue and buff.

Malcolm Warner

Warner, Malcolm and John Baskett. The Paul Mellon Bequest: Treasures of a Lifetime. New Haven : Yale Center for British Art, 2001, p. 77

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867: A Catalogue, The Paul Mellon Collection , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp. 45-46, no. 49, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

J. H. Plumb, The pursuit of happiness : a view of life in Georgian England : an exhibition selected from the Paul Mellon collection, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, pp. 62, 128, no. 146, N6766 Y34 1977 (YCBA)

Duncan Robinson, At home to sporting art : the Brick House, Essays of Friends of British Sporting Art, no. 33, The British Sporting Art Trust, Summer 1997, p. 4, N8250 .B751 (YCBA)

Malcolm Warner, The Paul Mellon Bequest : treasures of a lifetime, , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 2001, p. 77, N5247 M385 P28 2001 (YCBA)


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