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Horse and Groom

 

[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."

 

Horse and Groom

 

[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."

 

comments (11)

this is a nice shot of this painting, Tom. i had to smile at the title.
Tom Wilson: Rather odd, isn't it?
I really like this painting!
Tom Wilson: I love the look on the groom's face!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Nov 2017, 03:21
He [the horse] seems to have an undershot lower jaw, Tom...I hope our John used that imperfection to negotiate a good price for the nag!

[And...c'mon...is it research or a seminar...the first is about testing hypotheses and the second is about boozy lunches?]
Tom Wilson: Well there was no boozy lunch!
It just shows-to-go-ya that you can build a story around anything! smile
Tom Wilson: Indeed it does, Ginnie.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 24 Nov 2017, 06:48
Le cheval a l'air un peu apeuré.
Tom Wilson: Peut-être que c'était l'idée de devoir courir une course! smile
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:01
No doubt his genes are still around in modern horses Tom
Tom Wilson: I would imagine it is possible to trace his descendants at Newmarket!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:14
What a great painting and by the look on the man's face it shows he wished it was a better horse.... by the look of the horse he is glad he does not have to run grin...
Tom Wilson: You are probably right on both counts, Astrid!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:28
I can see it is an Arabian, but the eyes and jaw is somewhat strange. Arabians are not for short distance speed, but nothing beats them on long distances. Long distance being 40km - 200km. Wootton didn't do his homework.

The Crabbet bloodline came into existence at a later stage when Lady Ann Blunt imported them and started breeding with them. The result is a stronger Arabian, slightly bigger than the other Arabians. Great for all sports, excluding racing.
Tom Wilson: You are obviously an aficionado, Louis!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 24 Nov 2017, 07:49
I very much like the depiction of the groom Tom.
Tom Wilson: Captures the character well!
superbe tableau!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Merci, Jean Pierre
Clever horse , all the perks without the work
Tom Wilson: Nice work if you can get it, eh?

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