Oil on canvas, 12” x 15” each
Signed, inscribed, dated 1891
$10,000. – 15,000. (pair)
In England, George Blackwell Sr. continued to work under Matthew Dawson as his head stable lad. With Blackwell’s assistance, the duo trained Melody and the Australian import Mons Meg for Daniel Cooper (an Australian who moved to England in his early 20s). In 1890 the two horses achieved success on the same day at Ascot, with Melody taking the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and Mons Meg triumphing in the Queen’s Vase. These combined victories most likely were the impetus behind the commission of a pair of Emil Adam paintings featured in this sale. The paintings of the victors were completed in 1891 after Dawson retired from training, leaving Blackwell to take over. Blackwell would have been present when Adam worked on this pair of paintings.
Blackwell would go on to follow in the footsteps of his mentor to achieve great success. He trained Chaleureux to victory in the 1898 Cesarewitch Handicap and Manchester November Handicap. Chaleureux was known to have such an evil temperament that no one in the barn would go near him, and Blackwell was the only one brave enough to handle him.
The horse he made a name for himself with, however, was English Triple Crown winner Rock Sand.