Henry Stull (American, 1851-1913)
CHESTNUT WITH JOCKEY UP IN SKY BLUE SILKS
Oil on canvas, 18" x 28"
Signed and dated 1884
Believed to be the Applegate brothers' Mattie Rapture, a filly by Rapture, out of Lizzie Bellfield.
Colonel C.L. Applegate, described in his own ads as "Kentucky's Leading Distiller," was a member of a Louisville family that was immersed in the whiskey trade. In 1878 C.L. Applegate & Co. was owned and operated by the colonel and his brother Edward, with their operation being centered in Yelvington, Daviess County, Kentucky. The company made bourbon using the brand names "Rosebud" and "Beechwood." At the same time, back in Louisville, on "Whiskey Row," another member of the Applegate family, William E. Applegate was engaged in the bourbon business under the name Applegate & Sons, the sons being William E. Jr. and Hamilton C. Applegate.
The Applegate-owned horses raced under the names Applegate & Co. and Rosebud Stables when in partnerships, and each racing stable had its individual colors. William E. Applegate was a known racing enthusiast and member of the board at Churchill Downs and his son H.C. Applegate won the Kentucky Derby in 1914 with a horse named Old Rosebud.