Isaac Cullin (British, 1859–1942)
Oil on canvas, 20” x 27 ¼”
Signed, dated 1900
Arthur Tooth & Sons, London
Sir John Musker, Shadwell Park, Near Thetford
In hindsight, owner and breeder Charles Day Rose probably regretted not entering his colt Cyllene in the 1898 British classics. Foaled in late May and small to boot, Cyllene appeared unlikely to mature enough to compete at that level. And yet some regarded Cyllene as one of the best of his generation. As a juvenile, he won the most valuable race for 2-year-olds — the National Breeders’ Produce Stakes. At 3, he won the Newmarket Stakes in the spring and the Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket in the fall. Cyllene stood at Hardwicke Stud and Egerton Park in England before being exported to Argentina in 1908. He was champion sire in England and Ireland in 1909-10 and in Argentina in 1913.