SARTORIUS, After Francis (1734-1804)
This excellent Horse Marquis, got by the Godolphin Colt is the Property of Mr. Vernon won 300 Guineas.... & the Gold Cup at Newmarket
London: Robert Sayer, [1770 or later]. Mezzotint (margins expertly extended) on laid paper. Image size (including text): 9 x 13 11/16 inches. Sheet size: 10 1/16 x 14 1/16 inches.
A fine early mezzotint after an equestrian portrait by the mid-18th century master Francis Sartorius
Robert Sayer issued four mezzotint portraits of well-known racehorses after Sartorius, each with details of their successes, and dated 10 January 1770. The present print is probably somewhat later. Francis Sartorius was born in Nuremburg and came to London with his father, John, in the mid-18th century. "Francis exhibited paintings of racehorses, hunters and hacks in London between 1773 and 1791, including twelve pictures in the Royal Academy. His work bridges the gap between the 'primitive' work of James Seymour and the realism of George Stubbs." (Lane, p.157).
Charles Lane ,British Racing Prints p.159.