Daniel Quigley (Irish, active 18th Century) The Godolphin Arabian

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Lot 99TP
Daniel Quigley
(Irish, active 18th Century)
The Godolphin Arabian

Sold for £ 100,000 (US$ 129,426) inc. premium
Daniel Quigley (Irish, active 18th Century)
The Godolphin Arabian
signed 'Quigley Pinxt' (lower left) and extensively inscribed
oil on canvas
99.1 x 126.5cm (39 x 49 13/16in).

Footnotes

  • Exhibited
    London, Grosvenor Gallery, Summer Exhibition, 1888 (lent by Harlech, according to a label on the reverse)


    The Godolphin Arabian was foaled in Yemen in approximately 1724. He was one of three great, Eastern stallions imported to England between 1689 and 1730. Together with the Byerley Turk and the Darley Arabian they founded enduring bloodlines from which all modern thoroughbreds in the world descend.

    Little is known about the origins of the Godolphin Arabian. He was said to have been given to King Louis XV of France by the Bey of Tunis in 1730. Later, Edward Coke acquired him for his stud at Longford Hall, Derbyshire. Upon Coke's death, the ownership of the Arabian passed to his friend, Francis, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, where it acquired the name the Godolphin Arabian. He never raced but spent his life at the Earl's stud farm at Gog-Magog, where he died on Christmas day, 1753. The Godolphin Arabian was a prolific stallion and the present lot is extensively inscribed with details of his progeny, among the most successful of these were Lath, Cades, Regulus, Babraham, Dormouse and Bajazet. Many great modern racehorses, such as Sea Biscuit and Man O'War, have descended from the Godolphin Arabian.

    The present composition is thought to derive from an original by David Morier (c.1705-1770), although the whereabouts of this work is unknown. Morier's painting, engraved by John Faber and published in 1753, became a popular print, from which it is likely that George Stubbs based his portrait of the Arabian circa 1793. Other versions of the present composition, by Quigley, are now in the National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket and in the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Centre for British Art, New Haven.
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