[Busy in a research seminar here in Borås all day today, so commenting, etc. unlikely! Apologies]
Detail from The Bloody Shouldered Arabian (referring to the horse, not the groom!) by John Wootton, 1723. From the Harley Gallery at Welbeck Abbey. The label for the painting notes:
"Harley brought the Arabian from Turkey to improve his stud as the English obsession with horse racing developed. Harley declared him, 'of great spirit, but no great speed'. He did not race but was used to sire many great racehorses."
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