SARTORIUS, After John Nost (1759-1828)
Diamond. Was bred by F. Dawson Esqr. of Newmarket, he was got by Highflyer. Dam by Matchem... he is now in Training and is the Property of Joseph Cookson Esqr.
London: John Harris, November 1799. Aquatint, by Whesshel [sic.], i.e. J. Whessell. Image size (including text): 14 1/4 x 18 7/8 inches. Sheet size: 18 x 22 inches approx. Gold and wood frame.
A highly decorative aquatint recalling the race at Newmarket on 25 March 1799: the reference works make no mention of this rare aquatint issue.
This work recalls the contest between Diamond and Sir Henry Vane-Tempest's horse Hambletonian. They raced, for prize-money of three thousand guineas, over the Beacon Course at Newmarket on 25 March 1799. Hambletonian won. John Nost Sartorius was the only son of Francis Sartorius. He 'lived for much of his life at Carshalton in Surrey from where he exhibited no less than seventy-four paintings at the Academy; thirty-two elsewhere. Among his patrons were the Prince of Wales, Lord Derby and Christopher Wilson' (Charles Lane British Racing Prints p.157).
Cf. Lane British Racing Prints p.160 (stipple engraving); cf. Siltzer p.243 (stipple engraving).