John Nost Sartorius

Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse"

Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse" by John Nost Sartorius

Artwork Detail

The Sartorius 'tribe', as Waterhouse described them, were a family of artists who specialised in sporting scenes. The subject of this painting, Eclipse, was one of the most famous race-horses of his time, and by 1894 could boast 260 direct descendants. One of these was Phar Lap, who reached similar status in New Zealand. A superb stud horse, Phar Lap now stands preserved in the Museum of Victoria in Melbourne, while his skeleton is at Te Papa in Wellington.

Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse"
John Nost Sartorius
Production date
oil on canvas
1036 x 1296 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1933
Accession no
No known copyright restrictions
International Art
Display status
On display

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