A wonderful limited edition bronze study of two racehorses with Jockeys up meeting after the race for a friendly chat. The bronze with excellent rich brown and deep green patina and very fine hand chased surface detail on a naturalistic shaped base, signed J Knight and numbered 6/9
In this bronze racehorse sculpture, two thoroughbreds have finished their race, and are walking off the track whilst their jockeys have a casual conversation. The leading horse has its head lowered after a long race. The whole piece is expressive of the spent powerful energy of the horse. A limited edition of nine.
Horse racing is the second largest spectator sport in Great Britain, and one of the longest established, with a history dating back many centuries. It generates over £3.7 billion for the British economy. and the major horse race events such as Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival are important dates in the British and international sporting and society calendar.
The sport has taken place in the country since Roman times and many of the sport’s traditions and rules originated there. The Jockey Club, established in 1750, codified the Rules of Racing and one of its members, Admiral Rous laid the foundations of the handicapping system, including the weight-for-age scale. Britain is also home to some of the world’s iconic horse race courses including Newmarket, Ascot and Cheltenham and many of the world’s iconic races including the Epsom Derby, Grand National and Cheltenham Gold Cup. The UK has also produced some of the greatest jockeys, including Sir Gordon Richards and Lester Piggott.
Britain has also historically been a hugely important centre for thoroughbred racehorse breeding. All modern thoroughbred racehorses can trace a line back to three foundation sires which were imported to Britain in the late 17th/early 18th centuries and the General Stud Book first published by James Weatherby still records details of every horse in the breed.
Gambling on horse races has been one of the cornerstones of the British betting industry and the relationship between the two has historically been one of mutual dependence. The betting industry is an important funder of horse racing in Great Britain, through the betting levy administered by the Horse race Betting Levy Board and through media rights negotiated by racecourses and betting shops.
There are two main forms of horse racing in Great Britain.
- Flat racing, a horse race which is run over distances between 5 furlongs and 2 miles 5 furlongs 159 yards on courses without obstacles
- National Hunt racing, a horse race run over distances between 2 miles and 4 1/2 miles, where horses usually jump either hurdles or fences (races known as steeplechases). There is also a category of National Hunt races known as National Hunt flat races, which are run under National Hunt rules, but where no obstacles are jumped.
Jonathan Knight (English, born 1953) – Having been a professional sculptor for nearly thirty years, Jonathan Knight is widely recognised as one of the leading wildlife and equestrian artists of his generation.
Early on, he established his reputation with lifesize bronzes of Dawn Run at Cheltenham Racecourse and of Music Boy at Cheveley Park Stud, Newmarket.
A life lived in the countryside of Sussex has brought about a connection with nature, expressed in his sculpture of wild animals and birds. In these,he pares away surface detail to concentrate on form.
This seems to enhance their sense of life rather than diminish it.
In his pieces featuring multiple examples of the same bird such as his famous Curlews or his Covey of Partridges, he reveals their synchronicity of form and movement, and the close dependence of individuals on the group.
He uses an exciting range of patinas to enhance the mood of his bronzes. This process he executes himself rather than using foundry technicians. Thus he ensures that his original vision is carried right through to the final piece and that each finished bronze bears his personal stamp.
The bronze sculptures of Jonathan Knight are now widely sought after and collected. Indeed, his first version of the Curlews features in the private collection of H.M.The Queen.
His work is regularly exhibited at the major art fairs in England and Europe , including the LAPADA Fair in London, the EURANTIKA FAIR in Brussels, and Pan AMSTERDAM FAIR in the Netherlands.
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