Sir Alfred James Munnings
Sir Alfred James Munnings (British, 1878–1959)
STUDY OF YOUNG PIGGOTT WITH MACDONALD BUCHANAN
Graphite, 4 ¾” x 6 ”
Frost & Reed, London
Lester Piggott was born in England in 1935 and by age 10 he was riding Thoroughbreds for his father’s stable. Piggott won his first professional race at the age of 12 and went on to collect 4,493 career wins — which includes nine victories in the Epsom Derby. By his teens, Piggott had become a sensation in the racing world, winning his first Epsom Derby at 18. He was known as the “housewives’ favorite” as he helped expand the popularity of horse racing across England. When Munnings executed this small study, Piggott was at the beginning of his meteoric rise, on the precipice of greatness.