London: Arthur Ackermann and Son, Ltd., 1974. Hand-coloured lithograph printed on fine wove paper. Number 25 from an edition of 150. Signed in pencil by Lewis along the lower right side of the image and by Organ in the right corner of the bottom margin. Very good condition. Includes a separate biography sheet. Sheet size: 20 7/8 x 16 7/8 inches.
"A fine print from 'Six British Jockeys,'" an impressive portfolio of limited edition lithographs depicting several of England's most prestigious jockeys, each of whom has "an established world-wide reputation and has made a valuable and lasting contribution to the sport they serve." (Foreword to "Six British Jockeys")
Drawn to jockeying because the advantage his small size would afford him in such a profession, Geoff Lewis trained with Epsom trainer Ron Smyth beginning in 1952. His initial victory at Eastern Imp was followed by several notable Classic successes. He was appointed first jockey to Newmarket trainer Noel Murless in 1971, after which time he exclusively raced on Mr. Paul Mellon's Mill Reef and won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, the King George VI, and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. In his accompanying biographical notes to the portfolio, David Hedges describes Lewis as "a cheerful character who walks with a confident, rolling gait. He is popular with his fellow jockeys, and with starting stalls handlers, for his consideration of his own and other riders' mounts at the beginning of a race. At the finish, there are few with more driving force" ( Six British Jockeys ).