Mr John Bowes's 'Daniel O'Rourke' with Frank Butler up
- Art Funded
- 51.5 x 65.5 cm
John BowesÂ’s horse Â‘Daniel OÂ’RourkeÂ’ (Â‘Irish BirdcatcherÂ’ out of Â‘Forget me notÂ’) was under 15 hands high yet John Scott and his jockey, Frank Butler thought highly of Â‘the little horseÂ’ or Â‘the ponyÂ’ as they often called him. Â‘Daniel OÂ’RourkeÂ’ started the Derby at odds of 1 to 25, well down in the betting in the field of 27 runners. Daniel OÂ’Rourke, who came with a rush a few strides from the chair won the 1852 Derby by half a length. Hall was the predominant racehorse portraitist of his time. The artist has taken great care in the depiction of the horse portraying in great detail in the markings and likeness. Together with the detailed landscape setting this is a particularly fine equestrian painting of one of John BowesÂ’s most important horses.