Henry Calvert (British, 1798-circa 1869) Brigadier, winner of the Waterloo Cup 1866
Lot 79
Henry Calvert
(British, 1798-circa 1869)
Brigadier, winner of the Waterloo Cup 1866
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,061) inc. premium

Lot Details
Henry Calvert (British, 1798-circa 1869) Brigadier, winner of the Waterloo Cup 1866 Henry Calvert (British, 1798-circa 1869) Brigadier, winner of the Waterloo Cup 1866
Henry Calvert (British, 1798-circa 1869)
Brigadier, winner of the Waterloo Cup 1866
signed and dated 'H Calvert/1866' (lower right)
oil on canvas
69 x 90cm (27 3/16 x 35 7/16in).

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Commissioned by Mr Foulks, thence by descent.

    STRAY DOG WON FAME AND FORTUNE

    The Waterloo cup was run at Great Altcar in Lancashire as a knock-out tournament between sixty four coursing greyhounds from Great Britain and Ireland. One of the most Famous winners of the race was called Brigadier.

    'If King Lear was the first Cinderella winner of the Waterloo Cup, Brigadier in 1866 was given the most lasting memorial. Mr Foulkes from Manchester had found the black and white dog, a living skeleton, wandering in the filthy back streets of the city. Foulkes nursed the Brigadier back to health and by an odd quirk of fortune the dog ran in the Waterloo and was heavily backed. In those days a nomination could be backed well in advance instead of an actual dog [owners could put their name down to enter a dog in the race without having to specify which dog]. A syndicate had plunged heavily on Mr Gorton's nomination, believing that it would be filled by the well-fancied Bonus. Bonus's connections wouldn't play, however, and even attempts by the syndicate to buy him to fill the Gorton nomination failed and Bonus was nominated by someone else.

    Meanwhile Brigadier eventually filled Mr Gorton's nomination and he went to Altcar with all the money intended for the famous Bonus riding unwillingly on his back. Bonus never raised a flag, but Brigadier won the Waterloo. With his new found wealth Mr Foulkes bought a hotel at Whithington which he called "The Waterloo" in Brigadier's honour. Brigadier was buried in the grounds at the age of fourteen under a memorial inscribed' "In Memory of a Faithful Friend, Brigadier, Winner of the Waterloo Cup, 1866. Died September 18th, 1877, aged 14 yrs 3 months".

    The Waterloo Cup, The First 150 Years, By Charles Blanning & Sir Mark Prescott, 1987.

    The black and white photograph shows Mr Foulkes with Brigadier, it is for illustration only and is not included in the lot.
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