John E. Ferneley, Sr. (British, 1782-1860) JULIUS CAESA
The inaugural Sporting Art Auction will take place November 20, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. with doors opening at 11:00 a.m. The auction represents an inspired collaboration between the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction house and the country’s premier gallery of fine sporting art and contemporary British figurative painting.
The auction features 174 high-quality lots focusing on “sporting” paintings and sculpture by British and American artists and works by important American realist and impressionist painters. Artists represented range from Sir John Frederick Herring, Sir Alfred Munnings, and Edward Troye to Franklin Voss, Peter Curling, and André Pater. The auction also includes works by three generations of Wyeths — grandfather N.C., father Andrew, and son Jamie — and the renowned American painter Mary Cassatt.
FeaturesAmong the auction’s most important pieces are several by Munnings, including Blue Prince II, a 26 1⁄2” x 39 1⁄4” painting commissioned by Thoroughbred owner and breeder Walter Jeffords. Munnings, who died in 1959, is regarded as one of the world’s finest equine painters.
Other important 19th and early 20th- century works include:
- The Grand Jockey, a bronze sculpture by the French-born Isidore Bonheur
- Troye’s iconic portrait of the 19th-century stallion Lexington
- Herring’s Bee’s-wing, a 28” x 36” oil on canvas signed and dated 1842
- Julius Caesar by John Ferneley, Sr., a 34 1⁄2” x 42 1⁄2” oil on canvas signed and dated 1816