The Famous Match Race, 1823

Object Number: 
1959.73
Date: 
ca. 1823
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 21 1/2 x 34 in. ( 54.6 x 86.4 cm )
Marks: 
printed: on banners: "A/ REPRESENTATION/ OF THE FAMOUS MATCH RACE for 20,000 dollars aside between Mr. VAN RANSTS horse Eclipse/ and Mr. JOHNSON's horse/ Henry/ RUN on the LONG ISLAND/ UNION COURSE May 27, 1823." printed: in the medallions: "First Heat/
Description: 
Copperplate-printed cotton kerchief with three vignettes in oval medallions of the famous match race at the Union Race course, after the repeal of the ban on horse racing in 1820, between the horses Eclipse and Sir Henry; printed in turkey red on white ground; decorative floral background and decorative floral border.
Bibliography: 

Collins, Herbert Ridgeway. Threads of History: Americana Recorded on Cloth, 1775 to the Present. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution, 1979.

Credit Line: 
Purchase
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group