“Gallant Fox” [with:] “Omaha” [and:] “Johnstown”.
[New York: privately printed by The Derrydale Press, 1937-1939].
“Gallant Fox” state without jockey. Size of editions unknown, each print produced in very limited quantities. Three sporting aquatint engravings, the first finely hand colored, the others in uncolored state. Oblong folio (24 x 37 inches). Half red morocco album, red morocco label gilt on upper cover, printed title leaf, each print window matted in heavy card mount, by Aquarius. Fine Ordeman (2005) pp. 96-7, 108; Siegel p. 234. Item #261134
Beautiful presentation of an exceedingly rare Derrydale sporting print commissioned by William Woodward, New York banker and owner of the Bel Air Stud in Maryland, who also commissioned two of the most desirable books of the press, ‘Gallant Fox A Memoir’ and ‘Cherished Portraits of Thoroughbred Horses’. With the finest possible association, inscribed lower left “To Eugene V. Connett from William Woodward”.
With two further examples of the privately printed thoroughbred portraits commissioned by Woodward, “Omaha” and “Johnstown”, after paintings by the noted artist Martin Stainforth, who painted eleven equestrian portraits for Woodward. Connett’s records indciated that only 10 copies of Omaha were produced (Ordeman)
Gallant Fox (March 23, 1927 – November 13, 1954) was a champion American Thoroughbred racehorse who is the second winner of the American Triple Crown.
In a racing career which lasted from 1929 to 1930, Gallant Fox won 11 of his 17 races including the three Triple Crown races. The term "Triple Crown" was not commonly used at the time but was employed by The New York Times to describe the colt's achievements.
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