Bonheur, Isidore Jules
Casts of this model are extremely rare, with only two other examples known of the complete group. Exhibited French Salon, 1897. The Noble Horse – Man and Horse in Western Art History, April 4 – May 26, 1998. The Metropolitan Teian Art Museum, cat. no. 77, page 130. Illustrated Watson, J.N.P. (ed.) Collecting Sporting Art. London: The Sportmans Press, 1988, p. 98. Watson, J.N.P. The World of Polo Past and Present. Topsfield, MA: Salem House Publishers, 1986, p. 37.
Le Grand Jockey
Was first exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1879 as ‘Un Jockey.’ This image of a victorious jockey performing a congratulatory pat to his horse’s neck is Bonheur’s most well-known work. Le Grand Jockey was cast in four different sizes. It is rare to find examples of this large 38″ (95 cm) size.
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