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James Seymour, 1702–1752

The Chaise Match Run on Newmarket Heath on Wednesday the 29th of August, 1750

Materials & Techniques:
Oil on canvas
42 × 66 inches (106.7 × 167.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Paintings and Sculpture
Subject Terms:
horses (animals) | landscape | sporting art
Not on view
IIIF Manifest:

James Seymour’s painting commemorates a celebrated chaise match that took place on August 29, 1750, between the Earl of March and the Earl of Eglinton, Count Taase, and Mr. Sprowle. Lord March wagered 1,000 guineas that he could run a four-wheeled carriage nineteen miles in less than an hour with four horses and one postilion. The match was run on Newmarket Heath before a large crowd. Lord March’s carriage completed the course in just fiftythree minutes and twenty-seven seconds. Although he has omitted the crowds, Seymour has otherwise rendered the scene with scrupulous accuracy down to the groom in red coat, who rode ahead to clear the course.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

Painting in England 1700-1850 - From The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon (Yale University Art Gallery, 1965-04-15 - 1965-06-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

British sporting painting, 1650-1850, [catalogue of an exhibition held at the] Hayward Gallery, London 13 December 1974-23 February 1975, Leicestershire Museum and Art Gallery, Leicester, 8 March-6 April 1975, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 25 April-25 May, 1975 , Arts Council of Great Britain, London, 1974, pp.9, no. 26, ND1388 G7 A78 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale catalogue : Catalogue of the collection of sporting pictures : 11 June 1915, Christie's, Christie, Manson & Woods, London, June 11, 1915, Lot 378, Fiche B51 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Christie's sale catalogue : Old pictures : 22 February 1924, Christie's, London, February 22, 1924, Lot 163, Fiche B51 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867 : A Catalogue : The Paul Mellon Collection, , Tate Publishing, London, 1978, pp.47-49, no. 51, pl. 7, ND1383 G7 B75 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Walter Gilbey, Animal Painters of England from the year 1650, a brief history of their lives and works. Illustrated with twenty-eight specimens of their paintings, chiefly from wood engravings by F. Babbage. , Vinton, London, 1900-1911, pp. 169-171, ND1383 G7 G55 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 : collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon : Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, , 1,2, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, pl. 165, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Painting in England 1700-1850 from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, The Royal Academy of Arts Winter Exhibition 1964-65., , Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 1964, pp. 5-6 (v.1), no. 15 (v.1), ND466 R68 1964/65 (YCBA) [YCBA]

Walter Shaw Sparrow, British sporting artists from Barlow to Herring, Scribner, London New York, 1922, p.79, ND1385 S6 (YCBA) + [YCBA]

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sport and the horse, catalogue of the exhibition of paintings assembled at the museum in Richmond from April 1 through May 15, 1960. , Richmond, 1960, pp. 29, fig. 13, N7668 H6 V57 (YCBA) + [YCBA]

Stella A. Walker, Sporting art : England 1700-1900, Clarkson N. Potter, Inc., New York, 1972, no. 17, N8250 W35 (YCBA) + [YCBA]

Richard Wills, James Seymour, 1701-1752, London, 2023, p.285, NJ18 .Se95 W55 2023 (YCBA) Oversize [YCBA]

Yale University Art Gallery, Painting in England, 1700-1850, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon : [exhibition at] Yale University Art Gallery, April 15-June 20, 1965, , vol. 1, W. Clowes and sons, New Haven, 1965, pp. 44 (v.2 only), pl. 163, ND466 Y35 (YCBA) [YCBA]

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