Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delight as Painting Is Snapped Up for Museum

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Delight as Painting Is Snapped Up for Museum

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A MUSEUM believes it is on to a winner after acquiring a painting linked to its founder and racehorse owner John Bowes.

Bowes inherited the estates of Gibside, near Rowlands Gill and Streatlam Castle, County Durham, where he had stables and a stud, and also built the French chateau-style Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle in County Durham.

He was recognised as one of the most successful stud owners and racehorse breeders of the 19th Century.

Around 1852, the year his horse Daniel O'Rourke won the Epsom Derby, Bowes commissioned leading equine portraitist Harry Hall to paint the mount.

The painting, Mr John Bowes' Daniel O'Rourke with Frank Butler Up, depicts the horse with jockey Butler on board.

An oil painting on canvas, it was bought at auction by museum for pounds 18,000, with the support of the MLA/V&A Purchase Grant Fund, the Art Fund, the national fundraising charity for works of art and the Friends of The Bowes Museum.

The museum's keeper of fine art, Emma House, said: "Whilst equine portraits regularly come up for sale, many were produced quickly after the finish of a race and therefore lack the quality of this painting. …

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