Great Godolphin Arabian: Painting of Famous Sire Now in Jockey Club Rooms, Daily Racing Form, 1922-04-10


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GREAT GODOLPIilN ARABIAN Painting of Famous Sire Now in Jockey Club Rooms. » ■ • e* Interesting Details in History of Recognized Fountain Head of Thoroughbred Horse. a* BY 0. I FIT/, GERALD. NFW YORK. N Y . April 9.— Every admirer of the thoroughbred li familiar with the part the Godolphin Arabian played in Hie foundation of this most useful family. History accords him ■ higher place tltHD either the Darley Arabian or the Byerly lurk, the other recognized fountain heads of the breed. Anything prrtslalag to this horses , personality must therefore tie of interest to hMMWi in general, as liis influence has been felt in eveij part of the world. There is now at ttie rooms of the Jockey Club in this city an authenticated portrait of Codolphin Arabian, the original of which was painted froui life by the Fiench artist I. Murrier. The work. which is loaned to the Jockey Club by Dr. .lames K. Murray of Tulip Hill. West River. Md.. is from the collection of the famous Maryland sportsman Samuel Calloway, who was educated at Cambridge University, a short distance from where the Uodolphiu Arabian was in the stud. The picture shows a solidly made bay horse of the Ren Brush typo; but with even more muscular development in the loin and ouarter than that good race horse and sire possessed. He stands on feet and legs that are perfect. There is the right slope to the strong pastern and an abundance of bone. Thu head is of great beauty, and the eye of un usual size and luster. The tail is heavy, while the inane is as unruly as that of Ben Brush, which • ould not be controlled. The horses ears are slightly thrown back. His crest is extraordinarily heavy and the shoulder, though oblique, is heavy and I muttony at the wither The portrait of this same • noise by Stubbs accentuated this heavy crest to the point f grotesipieness and the picture now at the Jockey Club is undoubtedly a truer reproduction of thi- remarkable horse than, that of the ■ English artist The black cat which was the hstsaa constant companion is shown in the fore ground ANCESTRT CLOUDED IN DOUBT. Little is known of the nmestry of thi - famous . horse. Wheth"! •« ITM ever used as a teaser for Hobgoblin and gained his chance to achieve distinction as ■ tire. threap! ■ stolen mating Willi the . famous mare Itoxnua, the fruits of which was the renowned race bSCM Lath, is a figment of the itnagiiiiil ion of Eugene Sue. who ■Nil a charming etaf* about him; or that I ord Codolphin araa so Bare • af the horses quality that he bred the most prized I m em tier of his stud to him H not of particular - moment to the picsoiit day reader The Codolphin Arahiau had bc-n bnrb-d almost I i half century under the gateway to the stable at t Cog Magog H ill- befor- even a tradition lc-pcct nig his origin and early history wa- put ou record in any form which has survived. The first strap of information waa published in 17S9 by the . French veterinary write-. Huzan. who said: "Tic stallion known by the name of the Codolphm I Arabian was bought at Paris for eighteen louis dor " James Weatherby. compiler of the English Stud , Book; William Pick, ■ ompilcr of Picks Turf Keg isier. and John I.awce.c. histories of the English , horse, were all agreed that bead Codolphins Ara biau w;is 1. 1. night into England from Frame by Mr Coke, who gave hi.ii to Itoger Williams, keeper ol , the St James Coffee House, by whom he was presented to the Earl ot i.odolphiu In the Sports mans Beparitarp, published ia 18-0. Lawreace said . "lie was imported iuto France from some capital or loyal stud in Barbary " Ami Christy Whit, in his "Historv of the British Turf." suggested that he was probably one of basal neglected pie-enC uf horses frequent in his time fiom the Barbary aaajaaa to the French court But nothing more . definite than this has ever l eeii discovered about i the origin of the stallion. DESCRIPTION OF FAMOUS HORSE. He only known description of the OeaMphtl 1 A labia n by eae who had eeca linn is m William 1 ■aaaaar* i rare goah "Dissertations on Horses." pub lisiicl three rear* after the death of the great sire in 17.".3 "Whoever ha- seen him. he said, "must 1 icinembei- that his shoulders were deeper and lay 1 further into his back ; any horse yel seeu. Behind " hi- tlsiahlcn there "as but .1 small space; ; the miis.-les of ins Irons rasa excessively high, broad J aud expanded, which acre inserted into the quar ters with ere, it..| strength and power than any horse seen of his .inicesioi.s Although historical eviucm-i- is lacking to show-where - he was bred, no recognized atithoiity on rata u l,,,r...s. or Arabians, Ins e.i expteased doubt that 1 he was of Orieatal origin. His offspring, of course Caaatitate the best proof, for at a time when the English turf was .lommaied by Turks, Barbs and I Arabians as ether sin of his da* could be compared - with the Codolphin Arabian. In this connection - It is worthy of note thin Thomas Brown in 1 his "Biegraoliicil Sketches of Horses" give- a list f of fifty seven colts and fillies by the Codolphin Arabian, - not one of which was chestnut. Of forty seven J whose Crier was known forty were bays or browns 5 like their sin- »ne of the l»-sl daughters of the Codolphin Ara biau was imported into Maryland about 17." » and 1 was never beaten Solium, Bl she was called, produced Selmi. the fust real champion of the American turf He was owned by Samuel Calloway, nl ready referred to. Mr. Calloway was an intimate friend of Scarpa Washington and the pi.-ture now V at the office of the Jockey Club hung in his ancestral home for years. This is not the first time this same picture has s been in New York. In 1877 it was for a time in the f possession of John H. Wallace of Wallaces Month- - - 1 Continued op mcow! pa«e. o-— ■ — . GREAT G0D0LPHIN ARABIAN Continued from fir-t page.i ly. wno had to accept the Stubhs portrait is a worthy delineation of ihe famous stallion. Mi. Wallace, during a Visit to England, visited Houghton Hall and compared it with the portrait by John Wootrnn and* also with thai by D. Barrier, which he found to he identical, with the exception of the piecemeal of the animals hind legs. Mi- ,.,i,. ihe picture now at the Jockey Tub office his anapal! lied endorsement aa a true portrait of a horse whose fame will never die.

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