77| George Ford Morris (American, 1873-1960)


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Signed, dated ’22 and inscribed “Man O War”

Oil on canvas, 21" x 15"

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$4000 - $6000

Morris Man o’ War

Provenance: The artist
Patricia Morris Davis (his daughter)

Man o’ War lost only once and finished atop the rankings in Thoroughbred Champions: Top 100 Racehorses of the 20th Century, published by The Blood-Horse in 1999. The superlatives attributed to Man o’ War have been equaled by few. Bred by August Belmont at his Nursery Stud in Kentucky, Man o’ War was sold at Saratoga to Samuel D. Riddle of Pennsylvania. Nicknamed “Big Red,” the high-headed chestnut son of Fair Play went on to win 20 of 21 starts and was considered a champion at 2 and 3 as well as Horse of the Year in 1920. Man o’ War was a leading sire, and his influence on American breeding was immense.


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