The Duke of Devonshire's 'Flying Childers' held by a jockey

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A Sporting painting- Studio of James Seymour (1702-1752) 'The Duke of Devonshire's 'Flying Childers' being held by a jockey'

Flying Childers is often cited as the first truly great racehorse in the history of thoroughbreds. Bred by Colonel Leonard Childers and foaled in 1715, Childers was sired by the Darley Arabian (one of the three foundation stallions) out of Betty Leedes. As a yearling he was sold to William, 2nd Duke of Devonshire, whose blue and buff livery are worn by the jockey in this painting. Although lightly raced, he was unbeaten and was described as 'the fleetest horse that ever ran at Newmarket' - with the prefix Flying added as his reputation grew.

The Duke of Devonshire was given many a lucrative offer for the horse, including one reputedly of the horse's weight in gold crowns, which was refused. He retired unbeaten and stood at Devonshire's famous stud at the great estate of Chatsworth in Derbyshire, and was used there as a very successful private stallion. He died at Chatsworth in 1741, aged 26.

oil on canvas
24 x 30 in. (62.3 x 76.3 cm.)- dimensions are painting only.


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    Oil Paint
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  • Dimensions
    24 in. H x 30 in. W
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    Petworth, United Kingdom
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