Benjamin Killingbeck was a respected English artist who specialised in painting horses, particularly racehorses, and dogs.
Mr Walsh's Perdita, with jockey up, on Nantwich Racecourse by Benjamin Killingbeck, 1781
© Nantwich Museum
- Oil on canvas
- 61.6 x 74.9 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,797 ( Total: £7,725)
- Acquired in:
The painting depicts the horse and jockey in great detail with additional horses and spectators in the background. Perdita caused quite a stir at Nantwich racecourse when she won the Noblemen and Gentlemens purse of £50 on 10 July 1781. It was Perditas only ever win. Nantwich racecourse no longer exists and many people are unaware that the town ever had a racecourse. This is the first painting of the racecourse to enter the collection and previously the museum only had a photographic print of this work to reflect this part of Nantwich's history .
Mr & Mrs AT Vulliamy; Christies, 1979; Christie's, 2009.
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