Derby Day

61| Charles Cundall (British, 1890-1971)

Derby Day

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Watercolor and bodycolor, 10" x 17"

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$4000 - $6000

Crowds at the Epsom Derby

The Derby Stakes, also known as the Epsom Derby, was first run on May 4, 1780, and was named in honor of the Earl of Derby. The Derby Stakes is Britain’s most valuable horse race and considered to be the most prestigious of the three races that make up the British Triple Crown, the other two being the St. Leger Stakes and the 2000 Guineas. The massive crowds that flock to Epsom Downs for the illustrious race have become one of its enduring traits, a tradition that reaches back to the beginning of the classic race.

Although many artists have depicted the massive crowds at the Derby, perhaps William Powell Firth produced one of the most iconic images of British horseracing in his masterpiece known as “The Derby Day.” Charles Cundall carries on this long-standing artistic tradition of capturing the crowds and chaos of the Epsom Derby in the superb painting that is now on offer. One can feel the frenzy of the crowd as the race patrons await another edition of the classic Derby Stakes.


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