Antique French equestrian color lithograph of thoroughbred race horse Astrolabe, winner of the Emperor's Grand Handicap at the 1866 Paris / Vincennes Hippodrome.
Inscription below the image reads as follows:
ASTROLABE Vainqueur du prix de l'Empereur au grand handicap de Vincennes en 1866, etc. Appartenant a Mr. Le Baron Finot Albert Adam lith Imp Lemercier & Cie r. de Seine 57 Paris Paris Eugene Jouy editeur 49 Rue St. Andre des Arts London, Victor DELARUE 10 Chandos Street
Adam, Lemercier and Delarue were all active in the 19th Century. Astrolabe's owner was Jules Finot (1827-1906). Also known as Baron Jules Finot, he was the most successful steeplechase horse owner of his time and referred to as "the father of Steeple Chasing." Baron Finot was the first in France to cross his racing studs with mares from obstacle courses and ranked first in steeplechasing a record number of times-- twenty three between 1864 and 1898. Finot was also a talented watercolor painter and student of Auguste Delacroix. He portrayed the great steeplechase racing chasers such Astrolabe and Vaucouleurs, hunt scenes, and related equestrian themes. Finot's remains rest in the cemetery Pere La Chaise in Paris.
It comes in a beaded gilt frame ready to display. In good used condition with toning to lithograph, water stain to lower mat border and imperfections to frame as shown. Shipped professionally packed, fully insured with tracking number. Shipping cost is estimated, please provide zip code for shipping quote to your location.
Measurements: Frame: 33 by 29 inches; Visible image: 23 by 17.25 inches approximately.