Pastel, 36” x 24”
Pierre Lorillard was one of the foremost Thoroughbred owners in the history of the American turf. His long, illustrious racing career was marked with tremendous success. But Lorillard is remembered for one feat above all others — owning Iroquois, the first American-bred horse to win the Epsom Derby. In 1881 Iroquois won the Epsom Derby with Fred Archer, the top English jockey of his day, in the saddle.
Iroquois went on to win many other prestigious British races, including the St. Leger Stakes at Doncaster, the Payne Stakes,Prince of Wales’s Stakes, and the St. James’s Palace Stakes. After his return to America, Iroquois won several important American stakes races for Lorillard before being purchased by William H. Jackson of Belle Meade Stud in Nashville in 1886. Iroquois was retired to stud at Belle Meade, where he enjoyed tremendous success, including being named the top U.S. stallion of 1902. The image of Iroquois with Fred Archer up is iconic in American racing history, and Pater’s depiction of Mr. Lorillard’s famous cherry and black silks pays fitting homage to the greatness achieved under his historic colors.