Heaton Park Races, The Great Cup Race,1835


Coloured aquatint engraved by R.G. Reeve
from a painting by Francis Calcraft Turner

Published by J. McCormick, 147 Strand,
London, Joseph Cale, King Street,
Thomas Dewhurst, Market Street,
Manchester and Henry Lacey, Liverpool

14 x 24 in / 35.5 x 61 cm

Sold Ref: NPO109


Heaton Park, home of Lord Wilton, is outside Manchester. The picture shows George Osbaldeston on Rush beating Lord Wilton, on Lady le Gros. According to records, Osbaldeston had long been incensed by unfair handicapping of the horses running against those belonging to guests of Lord Wilton for the annual race at Heaton Park. He therefore purchased an Irish horse named Rush, knowing that Irish horses were then considered inferior and would be lightly handicapped. He is here shown winning with his host Lord Wilton second.