Harry Hall (British, 1814–1882)
MR. JOHN GULLY’S ANDOVER, A. DAY UP, WINNER OF THE 1854 DERBY
Oil on canvas, 23” x 30”
Arthur Ackermann and Son, Ltd., London
Christie’s, New York, December 3, 2008
Private collection, Northern California
Charles Lane, Harry Hall’s Classic Winners, London, 1990, illustrated pl. 54, Pg. 45
‘Andover/Bay Colt Foaled in 1851., Property of John Gully Esq./by Bay Middleton out of Sister of Aegis/ going back to Godolphin Arabian’s Regulus 1757./Derby 1854 won £5950 ridden by A. Day (7-2)’ (on a label axed to the reverse).
Andover was bred in the English county of Hasting by William Etwall and named for the nearby town of Andover. As a yearling, he was purchased by prizeghter-turned-politician John Gully. Andover was trained by leading British trainer John Day and most often ridden by Day’s younger brother Alfred “King Alfred” Day. ey were the sons of famous jockey and trainer John Barnham Day (1793-1860). ird rst time out, Andover won seven straight races, including the 1854 Epsom Derby. He stood only two years in England before being exported to Russia.