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48 | Franklin Brooke Voss<br>  <i>(American, 1880-1953)</i><br><br>FAR HILLS<br>$2,000. – 3,000.<br><br><strong>Sale Price: $6,900.</strong>

Oil on canvas, 10” x 14”
Signed, inscribed, dated 1935

Provenance: The Estate of Elizabeth “Binnie” Houghton

The Far Hills Race Meeting traces its origins to the Essex Hunt, a foxhunt founded in Montclair, New Jersey in 1870. In 1913 the organizers of the Essex Hunt incorporated as the Essex Fox Hounds. In the tradition of these clubs, the Essex Fox Hounds established an event to thank the farmers and landowners who allowed them to hunt on their property. The Farmer’s Day Race Meeting, as it became known, included the New Jersey Hunt Cup Steeplechase — a race that remains on the Far Hills Race Meeting card today. Voss, as a mid-Atlantic jump-racing enthusiast, would have attended the races there annually.
In 1916, the event moved from the original club site to the Grant B. Schley estate — today known as Moorland Farm, pictured here. Eventually becoming the Far Hills Race Meeting, the races have been run continually — with the exception of a short hiatus during World War II — on the same site. The Far Hills Race Meeting currently offers some of the richest purses in America and is home to one of the best fall tailgating scenes in the country. The 2018 meet marks its 98th anniversary.

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