Three works by the antebellum equine artist Edward Troye (1808–1874) will be for sale this week on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at The Sporting Art Auction at the Keeneland Sales Pavilion in Lexington, Kentucky.
All three are of great interest to the Antebellum Turf Times, the first being a 25″ x 30″ oil on canvas of American Eclipse, signed and dated by Troye in April 1834; read more about this hero of the North in the Times’ Great Match Race series.
Also for sale is Troye’s 21″ x 25″ oil on canvas painting of Reality, signed and dated in April 1833. This painting, according to historian Alexander Mackey-Smith (who literally “wrote the book” on Troye and his paintings), was most likely created for Reality’s owner, William Ransom Johnson, “The Napoleon of the Turf,” who also figures prominently in our Great Match Race series.
Last, but not least, is Troye’s artistic rendering of the Hall of Fame inductee Lexington. Troye’s signed, oil on board painting of this giant of the antebellum New Orleans turf stands a wee 8 3/4″ x 11 1/2″, yet undeniably would be treasured by any fan of sport. The Times would love to have this one for its offices!
View these and other works online in the auction catalogue here; see pages 17 (Lexington) and 27 (American Eclipse and Reality).
Editor, Antebellum Turf Times