Shayer, William Joseph
Oil on board, 18" x 24"
Provenance: Scott & Fowles, New York; Mr. E. J. Rousuck, Wildenstein's, New York
Exhibited: Dec. 11 - Jan. 3, 1954 at The Society of the Four Arts, Palm Beach, FL
Jan. 14 - Feb. 7, 1954 at The Lowe Gallery, University of Miami, Gables, FL
Owned by E. O'Neill and bred in 1837 by Earl Spencer, Charming Polly was by the 1835 Derby winner Mundig and out of a half-bred mare. Captain Harper bet H. England £200 to £100 that the mare, ridden by Peter Paget, could not gallop 20 miles and jump 20 hurdles in an hour. Charming Polly performed this unprecedented task in 69 minutes, 45 seconds on July 23, 1844 at Hatcham Park course in the presence of thousands.
- Engraved on a plaque on the front of the frame and on a tag on the back
An engraving of this painting by J. Macready was published by J. Moore.
(Key Words: Thoroughbred Horse Racing, Polo, Steeplechase, Fox Hunting, Shooting, Fishing, African Wildlife, Western)