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39 | Pierre Bellocq a.k.a. “Peb”<br>  <i>(French, born 1926)</i><br><br>GEORGE BLACKWELL<br>$1,000. – $1,500.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $3,680.</strong>

Watercolor, 21 1⁄2” x 13 1⁄4”

Signed, dated ’86

$1,000. – 1,500.

 

In George Blackwell’s 1995 Blood-Horse obituary, the bloodstock agent is remembered as an excellent judge of yearlings and someone who “sought to avoid high-priced yearlings, yet many of his purchases ran like million dollar performers.” Keeneland’s own Geoffrey Russell remembers looking at yearlings with Blackwell many years ago. Just as the young Russell opened his catalogue to the hip number in question, Blackwell was finished, having already formed an opinion after a quick walk up and back. He was a quick judge but a good one. A 1985 letter to Blackwell that accompanies the painting of Maltster (lot 30) begins with the line, “Dear George, you are right, as always.”

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