Oil on canvas, 38” x 60”
Signed, dated 1893
$20,000. – 30,000.
Provenance: Colonel Hamish McCalmont
Major Charles Beatty, D.S.O.
Illustrated: frontispiece, October 1904 issue of The Badminton Magazine of Sports and Pastimes.
In 1904 The Badminton Magazine illustrated this painting in full color, a rare occurrence at the time. With it, they published this description: “The close connection that has always existed between this magazine and Cheveley is generally known, and it has seemed [e]specially appropriate to give here a copy of Mr. G. D. Giles’s picture A Bedford Cottage Trial. It was painted just ten years ago for the late Colonel McCalmont, and given by him to his friend Major Beatty, on whose dining-room wall it now hangs, a cherished memento. Colonel McCalmont and Captain Machell on their ponies are in the corner of the painting, which few readers of these pages will want to be told represents the historic Limekilns — the ‘walking ground,’ on the side of the road opposite to the expanse of always elastic turf on which the work is done; for however hard the ground may be on the other side of the plantation, on the Limekilns the going is always good. That Mr. Giles was happy in his portraiture the testimony of a very youthful critic proved. Jewitt’s little boy, then about eight years old, went to see the painting in Mr. Giles studio, and at once exclaimed, ‘Oh! Father, look — there is Whisperer, and that is Isinglass, and then comes Suspender,’ and he went on to name several more — much, needless to say, to the gratification of the artist, for Whisperer is the first of the lot, and the others follow as the child described. The animals in the middle of the composition are, it will be seen, being prepared for their gallop. The ewe-necked filly that Tom Loates, in his shirtsleeves, has just mounted and has turned to go down is Be Cannie. The boy who is kneeling to put on his spurs is about to be put up on Ruwenzori, who was an invaluable trial horse, never telling his trainer wrong. The black on the left-hand side, with lifted near hind leg, is Throatlash. Jewitt is on his pony, and the slim youth behind him is George Chaloner, who frequently rode for the stable. The rather disappointing Hautbrion, together with Buckingham, the savage Kilsallaghan (who, however was a lamb in the hands of the amazing horse dentist Loeffler), and others of more or less note are included, one of them being Veau d’Or, a colt so named because his owner had been vastly amused at a description of himself by an ever ill-conditioned writer on Turf affairs, who (knowing nothing of Captain McCalmont, as he then was) told his readers that the multi-millionaire was a golden calf who would speedily be devoured by his quasi-friends. A Bedford Cottage Trial represents a thoroughly characteristic scene of training at Newmarket.”