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Rysdyk's Hambletonian

A work made of oil on canvas.

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

After 1876

Artist:

Artist unknown (American, 19th century)

About this artwork

Although the artist who created this work is not known, the story it depicts was widely popular in the mid-19th century. The painting portrays William Rysdyk, a farm laborer in Chester, New York, standing next to his prized horse. Named Hambletonian, the colt became a celebrated racer and produced generations of winning horses, bringing wealth and fame to its owner. Portraits of Rysdyk and Hambletonian proliferated, some in oil and others as print reproductions. This composition is similar to several lithographs published in the 1860s and broadly circulated in 1876, the year of Hambletonian’s death. The artist may have seen one of these prints and followed it closely to create this painting.

Status

On View, Gallery 160

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Rysdyk's Hambletonian

Place

United States (Artist's nationality:)

Date  Dates are not always precisely known, but the Art Institute strives to present this information as consistently and legibly as possible. Dates may be represented as a range that spans decades, centuries, dynasties, or periods and may include qualifiers such as c. (circa) or BCE.

1876–1950

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Inscribed recto, bottom-left, on banner, in red pigment: "HAMBLETONIAN".

Dimensions

63.5 × 76.2 cm (25 × 30 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Rudyard Boulton

Reference Number

1950.1358

Extended information about this artwork

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