Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005)

Richard Stone Reeves (American, 1919–2005) 

MAN O’ WAR, CLARENCE KUMMER UP 

Oil on canvas, 18 ¼” x 21 ¾” 
Signed, inscribed, dated ’75, signed, inscribed verso 

Illustrated: 
Richard Stone Reeves, Classic Lines, Pg. 97 

When Man o’ War sold at the Saratoga sales for $5,000, the man bidding that day on behalf of Samuel D. Riddle was Ed Buhler, the uncle of Richard Stone Reeves. Reeves said that bit of knowledge when he was young — “My uncle bought Man o’ War” — led directly to his association with Thoroughbreds. 

“It was,” Reeves says, “a very special thrill when the publishers commissioned me to paint Man o’ War for Classic Lines. I had gathered reference material since I was a boy. It was almost as if I had been practicing all my life for that one painting.” — Richard Stone Reeves, Classic Lines, page 95. 

Johnny Loftus had been Man o’ War’s jockey when the colt was a 2-year-old but was denied his jockey’s license in 1920. Rumors have persisted that this was due to his loss in the Sanford Memorial Stakes to Upset. Clarence Kummer then took over as Man o’ War’s main rider.

Estimate: 15,000 - 18,000

Final Sale Price: 
$40,250