William Hounsom Byles

William Hounsom Byles (British, 1872–1916) 

THE STEWARDS’ CUP, GOODWOOD, 1920 

Oil on canvas, 20” x 32” 
Signed, dated 1920 

In 1840 the first Stewards’ Cup was officially run as a race. Over the prior decade Goodwood’s senior steward had awarded a cup in the race of his choosing. Lord George Bentinck proposed the perpetual six-furlong sprint now known as the Stewards’ Cup in 1839. In the 1920 edition Western Wave and Plymouth Rock nearly collided close to the wire. And in a race named for the stewards, they made the call for Western Wave. Western Wave shared something in common with the previous year’s winner, Irish Elegance. Both carried a horse by the name of May Day in their pedigrees, which meant their pedigrees were not completely Thoroughbred, and they were therefore ineligible for entry into the General Stud Book.

Estimate: 6,000 - 9,000

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