John Nost Sartorius

Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse"

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

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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.

Title
Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse"
Artist/creator
Production date
1780
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
1036 x 1296 mm
Inscription
Capt. O'kelly's "Eclipse" (lower centre) J.N.Sartorius 1780 (lower right)
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Moss Davis, 1933
Accession no
1933/1/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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