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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.
- Captain O'Kelly's "Eclipse"
- Production date
- oil on canvas
- 1036 x 1296 mm
- 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
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- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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