Edward Troye

Edward Troye (Swiss/American, 1808-1874)


Oil on canvas, 13” x 18 1⁄2”

Signed and dated: E. Troye February 27, 1865

$10,000. – 15,000.


Painted for R. A. Alexander

by family decent

With Kennedy Galleries, New York

With Newhouse Galleries (1972)

Present Owner


The Race Horses of America, Alexander MacKay Smith, pgs. 225-

226 and listed in the index of Troye’s Paintings on pg. A429

The Race Horses of America:

“The Year 1865 brought no slackening in the stream of Alexander commissions. A small portrait of Idlewild, 13 x 18 inches, is signed “Edw. Troye, Feb. 27, 1865.) Idlewild was a brown mare bred by W. S. Buford of Lexington and foaled in 1857 (the Stud Book date of 1859 is incorrect). She was one of Lexington’s first full crop of foals and was out of Florine by Glencoe. Running in the colors of Capt. T. G. Moore, she won both her starts at 3, seven out of eight at 4, and six out of seven at 5. At the 1861 autumn meeting at the Woodlawn Course, Louisville, she won a 3 mile dash, the second running for the Woodlawn Vase. At 6 years old at the Centreville, Long Island Trotting Track, she ran four miles in 7:26 ¼, a world’s record for a mare. She won one out of four stars at 7 and then was acquired by “Woodburn,” which continued to campaign her. At Jerome Park in 1866 when she was 9, Idlewild ran fourth to Kentucky in the Inauguration Stakes on September 25th and second in the Post Stakes on October 1st. In both races she was ridden by the famous black jockey Abe Hawkins, formerly the property of Duncan Kenner. She was bred to imported Australian in 1869, producing the good racehorse and California Leading sire Wildidle. Troye painted her pointing right with her head slightly cocked to the right so as to conceal her left eye which she lost early in life. Her full sister Aerolite was the dam of Spendthrift.”

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Final Sale Price: