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- Object: How to Escape Winning
A horse-race, three horses gallop (right to left), one a neck behind the other; the horse in the foreground is the last, his legs are shackled by a buckled Garter ribbon inscribed 'Honi soit qui mal'. The jockey rides with his whip in his mouth, he is pulling the horse and looks out of the corners of his eyes at the Prince of Wales. The Prince, in riding-dress, stands (right) looking slyly at the spectator, his left forefinger to his nose, his right hand pointing towards the jockey. Behind (right) are dismayed and enraged spectators, on foot and on horseback. 22 November 1791
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Height: 271 millimetres
Width: 376 millimetres
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- (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VI, 1938)
A companion print to BMSat 7919.
A satire on the Newmarket sensation of Oct. 1791: on 20 Oct. the Prince's horse Escape, reputed the best horse on the turf, was beaten by two horses of inferior reputation. The odds therefore changed heavily against him, but on the next day Escape won. The Jockey Club decided that if the Prince did not dismiss his jockey Chifney, no horses should be run against him. The Prince, it is said, then gave up the Turf, but allowed Chifney £200 a year. Chifney, 'Genius Genuine', 1804, pp. 67 ff. Huish, 'Memoirs of George IV', 1831, i. 273-84; he exonerates the Prince, but says that the incident damaged his reputation as a man of honour more than any other event of his life. (The Prince, though he never revisited Newmarket, did not give up the Turf ('D.N.B.'), but had temporarily done so in 1792. Malmesbury, 'Diaries and Corr.' ii. 450, 452-3.) See BMSats 7919, 8071.
Grego, 'Rowlandson', i. 297. Reproduced, Paston, pl. cxl.
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- Exhibition history
1989/90 Nov-Jan, Glasgow Mus & AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson
1990 Jan-Mar, Leicester City AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson
1990/1 Nov-Jan, Maidstone Museum, World of Thomas Rowlandson
1991 Jan-Mar, Swansea, Glynn Vivian AG, World of Thomas Rowlandson
2012 Mar-Oct, Newmarket, Nat HorseRacing Mus, Palace House
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