English School The Craven heifer
Lot 250
English School, 19th century The Craven Heifer
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 27,313) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
English School, 19th century
The Craven Heifer
oil on canvas
56 x 66cm (22 1/16 x 26in).


    With Iona Antiques, London
    Private collection, UK

    The Craven Heifer was bred and fed by the Reverend William Carr of Bolton Abbey in Craven, Yorkshire, one of the Duke of Devonshire's estates. During her five years she was a national phenomenon, famous for her size and weight.

    Mr. John Watkinson of Halton East, north Yorkshire bought her for £200, an incredibly large fee for the time. He brought her down to London, a journey that took 73 days. She went on exhibition at the Cock Inn at Haymarket for an entrance price of 1s for ladies and gentlemen and 6d for servants. She weighed 312 stone and was eleven foot four inches long.
  1. Alistair Laird
    Specialist - 19th Century Paintings
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    United Kingdom
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