Franklin Brooke Voss
Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953)
Oil on canvas, 18” x 24”
Signed, dated 1945
$12,000. – 15,000.
The May 26, 1945, issue of The Blood-Horse reported that Franklin B. Voss was in town and working on a painting for Mr. P. A. B. Widener’s Elmendorf Farm. The subject was Widener’s stakes winning mare Misty Isle. She was an outstanding two- and threeyear- old of 1940 and 1941, winning six stakes and placing in another 11. It was reported that her 2-year-old filly by Eight Thirty had stepped on a nail and would probably not race, and that she had a yearling filly by Roman and a suckling by colt by Eight Thirty.
This painting would later in the year be used as “decoration” for the cover of the Christmas issue of The Blood-Horse.
The 2-year-old by Eight Thirty, later named Evening Mist, became the foundation of stakes-winning fillies Taboo, Islay Mist, Ole Liz, Kittiwake, Beaconaire, Issues n’ Answers, Fire Water, Mississippi Mud, Ionian Raja, Anna Yrrah D., and more. The yearling filly became Ashland and Gazelle stakes winner Cosmic Missile, and the suckling colt was track record-setter Misty Eight.