24 | John Arnold Alfred Wheeler<br>  <i>(British, 1821–1903)</i><br><br>W. CLAY’S THETIS WITH W. H. CLAY UP<br>$9,000. – $12,000.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $10,350.</strong>

Oil on canvas, 34” x 44”

Signed, dated ’73, inscribed ‘Bath’

$9,000. – 12,000.

Thetis was a bay mare by Neptunus out of a Stockwell mare. Bred by John Scott, she was given as a gift to trainer W. H. Clay. She is shown here with Clay and his sons. W. Clay, the eldest, is in the saddle, and his younger brother, Tom Clay, is between the mare and his father, who is at the mare’s head. Thetis won nine times in her three-year career. This painting was done as a tribute to her victory in the 1872 Tunbridge Handicap, which she won easily with good betting odds of 10-to-1. Perhaps funds earned from wagering on the race helped finance this commissioned painting.