Singingwood (J. H. Whitney prize racehorse), Early 20th Century
15.50 x 19.50 in
This painting of a racehorse has a wonderful backstory to it. The back of the panel says “Won at Aqueduct, Long Island, NY, 1935”, “Sketched May 1934”, “Mrs. J.H. Whitney” and “Singingwood.” Mrs. J. H. Whitney was none other than the wife of John Hay “Jock” Whitney – the New York City financier who also served as U.S. Ambassador to the U.K., president of the Museum of Modern Art and publisher of the New York Herald Tribune. He founded J.H. Whitney, the oldest venture capital firm in the U.S., and even before that was one of the wealthiest men in the world. With all that money, he and his wife were able to indulge their hobby of investing in and racing thoroughbreds, one of which (“Singingwood”) is shown here, according to the penciled attributions on the back, likely written by the painter. It’s quite likely, of course, that the painting once hung in one of the Whitney’s lavish homes. 15" x 19.5" with frame, 12" x 16" without. Painted on artist's board.