Monday, February 6, 2023

J.L. Agasse - The Wellesley Grey Arabian

 Salvete Omnes,

almost 9 years ago I posted some info and several paintings by a Swiss painter Jacques Laurent Agasse.
Perusing Yale [University]  Center for British Art I came across 20 works by maestro Agasse.
One of the paintings show The Wellesley Grey Arabian being led through the Desert. It was a historic horse, bought in the desert near Basra(?) and transported to British India, where this grey stallion was bought by  Henry Wellesley, 1st Baron Cowley, brother to Arthur Wellesley,  1st Duke of Wellington,  and ws brought to the British Isles, where he contributed through his progeny to the Thoroughbred horse breed (dame Maria - descendant of Godolphin Arabian - bore Fair Ellen, Fair Ellen bore Lilias and The Exquisite) - more info about the Wellesley Grey here .

another grey  Arabian stallions by maestro Agasse's brushwork:


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