14| JF Stephens (American, 19th/20th Century)
Signed, inscribed, dated 1902
Gouache, 22" x 28"
Auction Expired because there were no bids
$3000 - $5000
Inscribed ‘From Life by J.F. Stephens, 1902. Heist 2043. Imp. German Coach Stallion. Property of Atlas & Pleasant Hill Co. Ill.’
Current research has not uncovered the stallion Heist, though the number 2043 should indicate some form of registry record. The towns of Atlas and Pleasant Hill are situated in Pike County, Illinois, seven miles apart. While an “Atlas and Pleasant Hill Company” has not been found in historical records, given the towns’ proximity and small sizes, this horse might have been used by both communities. While one possible scenario could have been the transport of fire department wagons, the inscription of “Coach” might indicate transport of citizens to nearby Rockport, the closest local port on the Mississippi River.