1847 – Cossack, winner of the Derby


This particular image of “Cossack, winner of the Derby”, is from an original book plate in our collection, which has no provenance. References to ‘the Derby’ are to the Epsom Derby, where in 1847, Cossack was indeed the winner. An etching of him appears in the Illustrated London News, drawn by Harry Hall, and there is an oil painting of him, also done by Harry Hall. At this time, Weir was attempting to break into the illustrative community of horse racing and he had excellent credentials to do so. His wife was Ann Herring, daughter of the celebrated horse painter, and his father-in-law and brother-in-law were already established illustrators of race horses for the sporting magazines. It was in 1847, that Weir’s images of races began appearing in the Illustrated London News, but he had considerable competition from Harry Hall and the engraver Smyth, who also worked as an illustrator for the News. This image appears to have been printed probably in a book about winning race horses. There is no printing on the obverse side and it is a particularly clear and concise image, appearing to possibly be hand-coloured. It is signed in plate and we are pleased to be able to offer it in A4, A3 and A2 sizing options.

Incidentally, Cossack was retired to stud in England in 1855, a colt sired by him winning the St Leger in 1856. He was then sold to stand at stud for the French Imperial Stud (Wikipedia).

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Detail: Cossack, winner of the Derby, by Harrison Weir       Detail: Cossack, winner of the Derby - by Harrison Weir

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Detail: Cossack, winner of the Derby - by Harrison Weir       Detail: Artists Signature in Plate

Details” 1847 – Cossack, winner of the Derby   (last detail with artists signature in plate)

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