Essie Leone Seavey Lucas
Essie Leone Seavey Lucas (American, 1872-1932)
‘NANCY PANSY’ & ‘SILVER TIP’ (a pair)
Oil on canvas, 22” x 31” each
Signed, dated 1922 & 1923
$6,000. – 8,000.
Commissioned by William E. du Pont, Jr. directly from the artist. Thence by family decent to the present owner.
Essie Leone Seavey Lucas was commissioned by William du Pont Jr. to paint many of his favorite hounds and horses. The Seavey- Lucas portraits above are of two of his favorite horses: Silver Tip and Nancy Pansy.
Du Pont was an avid foxhunter and the consummate horseman. His skill in the saddle was recognized and reported to the readership of the New York Times in an article on April 22, 1920 and titled The Brooklyn Spring Horse Show Opens. “Second place went to Silver Tip, a bay gelding owned and ridden by William du Pont who developed the horse on Foxcatcher Farm Rosemont, Pa. Mr. du Pont was one of the few owners who rode their own horses and, he showed considerable skill in guiding Silver Tip over the bars.”
On July 30, 1921, the New York Times reported “NANCY PANSY FIRST IN TWO CLASSES Du Pont Hunter scores twice at Monmouth County Show—Owner is Injured.” The story goes on to detail that du Pont had sustained a shoulder injury but still won the Qualified Hunters class with Nancy Pansy and also took third place in the same competition on Silver Tip. Du Pont also won the ‘Hunters or Jumpers Shown Over Jumps 3 Feet 6 Inches’ again on Nancy Pansy and again in the same class took the third place honors on Silver tip.