7| John Frederick Herring Sr. (British, 1795-1865)


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Initialed and inscribed “Ellington,” various inscriptions verso

Oil on canvas, 12" x 16"

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$3000 - $4000

Ellington was a British Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. In a career that lasted from 1855 to 1856, he ran 11 times and won four races. A leading 2-year-old in 1855, when his wins included the Champagne Stakes at Doncaster, he won only one of his seven races the following year. That win, however, came in the Derby, where his ability to handle soft ground proved to be decisive. Ellington was retired to stud at the end of his 3-year-old season.

Ellington was a long, low brown horse standing 15.2½ hands high with a “coarse” head and unusually large feet. He was owned by Octavius Vernon Harcourt, an admiral in the Royal Navy and was trained at Middleham, North Yorkshire, by Thomas Dawson, the older brother of the more famous Mathew Dawson. Ellington’s sire, The Flying Dutchman, was one of the outstanding horses of the mid-19th century, winning 14 of his 15 races, including the Derby and the St. Leger.

Ellington became a moderately successful stallion in England but had much greater success after being exported to France. Ellington’s dam Ellerdale was a notable broodmare, who also produced the Oaks winner Summerside and the Champagne Stakes winner Gildermire.


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