Cecil Cutler (1886 - 1934) ' The Derby, 1896'.


Cecil Cutler (1886 - 1934) a gouache on board, depicting the Persimmon winning the 1896 Derby, in front of cheering crowds in the grandstand. A cartouche enclosing a portrait of the winning horses owner, the Prince of Wales, the future King Edward VII.
Framed and glazed.

For the Derby at Epsom on 3 June, his trainer, Richard Marsh, decided, perhaps in view of Persimmon's known temperament problems, to saddle the colt near the start, missing the traditional parade in front of the stands. Persimmon started the 5/1 second choice in a field of eleven, with St Frusquin the 8/13 favourite. Ridden by John Watts, Persimmon was held up at the back of the field in the early stages as Bay Ronald and Gulistan made the running. Watts moved him forward steadily and he turned for home in third place behind Bay Ronald and St Frusquin, and the race soon became a match between the first and second favourites. St Frusquin had an advantage until the final furlong but Watts then made his challenge and Persimmon took the lead and ran on strongly to take the race by a neck,winning rather more easily than the margin suggested.The first royal victory for more than a century was greeted with prolonged and "deafening"cheering and "tremendous enthusiasm",with the police having difficulty clearing a way through the crowds for the Prince to lead in his winner.Persimmon's winning time of 2:42.0 broke the race record by a full second.

Medium: Gouache on board.

Signed/Inscribed: Cecil Cutler

Height:  24 cm, 9.45"
Width:  34 cm, 13.39"

Condition: Excellent. No restoration.

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