2020 Fine Sporting Art, American Paintings, and Sculpture

93| Franklin Brooke Voss (American, 1880-1953)

Famous American Thoroughbreds

Signed, numbers varying, Edition of 260

A collection of 12 prints, 18" x 22"

$12000. - $15000.

Signed, numbers varying, Edition of 260

The complete set of 12 Hand Coloured Prints After Original Paintings of Famous American Thoroughbreds by Franklin Brooke Voss. Various numbers from an edition of 260. In Richard Stone Reeves? introduction to Crown Jewels of Thoroughbred Racing, he mentions only Franklin B. Voss as among the other great equestrian artists over the past three centuries. Voss was held in such high esteem that his client list for commissions was a veritable ?who?s who? of the sporting world at the time. Given such popularity, it is no surprise that the rest of the public desired his work as well. In 1934 a set of 10 hand-colored prints of famous racehorses, after paintings by Voss, was offered for $250, and $30 for a single print. Noted printmakers At the Sign of the Gosden Head, the same company that produced the popular prints of Edward Troye?s work, published the set with the plan to release more in the following years. Gosden Head published the 11th print in 1936 and The Sporting Gallery and Bookshop Inc., New York published the 12th in 1940. Due to company buyouts, the series was discontinued. Each print was signed and numbered by Voss who painted a square in the owner?s colors in the lower right corner. At the bottom of each print is a biography of the horse written by legendary turf writer Neil ?Roamer? Newman. Newman had taken ?Roamer? as his pseudonym after the racehorse Roamer, Horse of the Year in 1914 and 1915 and for whom a stakes race at New York?s Jamaica Race Course was named. The list of each print subject, owner, and publication year is as follows: Man o? War _ winner of the Travers Stakes, Jockey Club Gold Cup, Preakness, and Belmont Stakes, all in 1920. Owner _ Samuel D. Riddle. 1934. Twenty Grand _ winner of the Wood Memorial, Travers Stakes, Kentucky Derby, and Belmont Stakes, all in 1931. Owner _ Greentree Stable. 1934. Equipoise _ winner of the Havre de Grace, Whitney, Metropolitan, Arlington, and Suburban. Billy Barton _ winner of the Maryland Grand National twice, Virginia Gold Cup, and Pennsylvania Hunt Cup. Owner _ Howard Bruce. 1934. Blue Larkspur _ winner of the 1929 Belmont Stakes, inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1957. Owner _ Colonel Edward Riley Bradley. 1934. Sun Beau _ Inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame, three times U.S. Champion Older Male Horse (1929, 1930, 1931). Owner _ Willis Sharpe Kilmer. 1934. Jolly Roger _ winner of the Elkridge Steeplechase, twice winner of the American Grand National. Owner _ Mrs. Payne Whitney. 1934. Exterminator _ winner of the 1918 Kentucky Derby, inducted into the Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 1957. Owner _ J. Cal Milam and Willis Sharpe Kilmer. 1934. Top Flight _ American Champion Two-Year-Old Filly (1931), American Champion Three-Year-Old Filly (1932). Owner _ Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. 1934. Gallant Fox _ winner of the United States Triple Crown (1930) and 1957 Hall of Fame inductee. Owner _ Belair Stud. 1934. Discovery _ U.S. Champion Male Handicap Horse (1936) and Horse Racing Hall of Fame (1969). Owner _ Adolphe Pons and Alfred G. Vanderbilt II. 1936. Seabiscuit _ U.S. Champion Handicap Male (1937 & 1938), U.S. Horse of the Year (1938). Owner _ Charles Howard. 1940.

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