American Horse Excels: This is Opinion of Distinguished Polish Artist, Now Making Visit to Principal Breeding Places, Daily Racing Form, 1927-06-16


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AMERICAN HORSE EXCELS i This Is Opinion of Distinguished Polish Artist, Now Making Visit to Principal Breeding Places. NEW YORK, N. Y., June 15. "The American thoroughbred and hunter are the finest jf their class in the world." This is the verdict of.Wojciech Kossak, on of Europes most accomplished equestrians, and former court painter to the ex-Kaiser Wilhelm before the "World War made him an outstanding Polish military cavalry hero. Mr. Kossak has just finished a tour of ihp paddocks of Long Island horsemen and horse woman and the Aiken estates of Thomaa Hitchcock and others. He will leave July 1 for Kentucky, where he has been commissioned by Hal Price Headley to paint the stars of the latters Beaumont Farm, and by Col. E. R. Bradley to perpetuate Bubbling Over and other Idle Hour Stock Farm horses on canvas. The painter himself suggests more the" hunting field or the cavalry parade ground than he does the studio. He has assembled some of the equestrian portraits of prominent New York society horsemen and horsewomen at the Gainsborough galleries, 222 West Fifty-ninth street, Manhattan. He ia a powerfully built, commanding personality whose seventy-two years have been conserved by his military life and by a long career in the open. As counselor to the late Edmond Blanc at Newmarket, when the French breeder of stake winners was in his heydey, he aided In producing such stars of the turf as Monarch, Donovan, Energie, St, Simon and Pleasanterie. "I should like to paint Man o War," he said, "and I may do so on my coming trip to Kentucky." Among the subjects who are included in Kossaks exhibition are Fred Post, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock and their grandchildren, who posed on the bridle-paths of their estate at Aiken ; Hugh J. Chisholm and family; George Palmer Putnam, who Is shown against a background of his native Oregon in chaps on his calico pony; Misses Molly, Edna and Frances Crawford ; Miss Rita Dolan ; Mrs. Owen Toland ; the Misses Kathleen and Mary Harriman, daughters of W. Averell Harriman, master of Arden Farms; Miss Barbara Chisholm and others. Portraits of Gen. Carton de Viart and a signed sketch for a portrait, which he later painted for Marshal Foch, also are included in his exhibition. Friends of the painter, who knew of his vogue and accomplishments In Europe, are responsible for an invitation to him to paint a posthumous equestrian portrait of the lato Payne Whitney, which will hang in the rooms of The Jockey Club at 250 Park avenue, New York City.

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