Alfred Wheeler (British, 1852-1932)
DIAMOND JUBILEE, 1900
Oil on canvas, 17" x 21"
Signed, dated 1900, and inscribed "Diamond Jubilee"
Provenance: W.H. Patterson, London
Foaled during the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Victoria, Diamond Jubilee was bred and raced by the Prince of Wales, eldest son of Queen Victoria. Much was expected of the colt from birth as he was by the undefeated racehorse and outstanding stud St. Simon and produced by the successful race mare Perdita. A modest 2-year-old, Diamond Jubilee was expected to be more of a classic colt. He lived up to expectations, becoming the ninth horse to win the Triple Crown that comprises the Two Thousand Guineas, Epsom Derby, and St Leger Stakes. Diamond Jubilee was not as successful as a stallion in England and was sold to Argentina, where he was a four-time champion sire.