John Charlton (British, 1849-1917)
THE WINNING POST
Oil on canvas, 24" x 42"
Provenance: Christie's New York, December 6, 1996, lot 131 (illustrated) The Winning Post by John Charlton depicts the Duke of Portland's Donovan ahead by half a length. The painting is thought to be of the Derby at Epsom in 1889 where the Duke of Portland had two entries, the other being the Turcophone.
William John Arthur Charles James Cavendish-Bentink, the sixth Duke of Portland, inherited great wealth and big estates in England and Scotland, including the magnificent establishment at Welbeck, Nottinghamshire. The Duke of Portland was one of the most successful breeders and owners in British Racing during his lifetime. His purchase of St. Simon, perhaps the greatest British sire ever, cemented his highly important role in the annals of the British Turf. The painting above depicts Donavon with jockey Tommy Loates up. Donavon was bred by the Duke of Portland and won 18 of his 21 starts, including the Prince of Wales Stakes, the Derby Stakes, and the St. Legers Stakes.