STULL, Henry (1851-1913)
Firenze Queen of the Turf 1890 by Glenelg dam Florida... Owned by J.B. Haggin Esq.
New York, Paris, London and The Hague: Boussod Valadon & Co, successors to Goupil & Co., 1 December 1890. Photogravure, coloured by hand, by Goupil & Co., after Stull. Image size (including text): 18 1/2 x 26 inches. Sheet size: 25 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches.
A fine hand-coloured portrait of a filly whose prize money totalled $112,471 between 1886 and 1891. She won 47 of her 82 starts during this period.
"Firenze was a small filly bred by Dan Swigert in 1884. She was sired by Glenelg out of the mare Florida, by Virgil. James Ben Ali Haggin purchased Firenze for $2,600. Small in stature, she grew to only 15 hands, but her racing presence was large. At 3 Firenze won all the major stakes for fillies and at 4, 5, and 6 she was named Champion Handicap Female. As champion filly or mare for four consecutive years, Firenze raced against colts 69 times and beat them regularly over all distances. She beat the mighty Hanover at 1 1/4, 1 1/2, and 1 3/4 miles; beat Kingston twice, and gave The Bard his only defeat of 1888. Rider, trainer, racing official, and Hall of Fame member James McLaughlin knew such great fillies as Miss Woodford, Imp, Beldame, Artful, Pan Zareta, and Regret, but claimed that Firenze was the best of all." (National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame).