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The Match Race

Object Number: 
1969.38
Date: 
ca. 1823
Medium: 
Cotton
Dimensions: 
Overall: 24 1/2 x 30 1/2 in. ( 62.2 x 77.5 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.
Gallery Label: 
This kerchief depicts the famous match race in 1823 between the horses Eclipse and Sir Henry at the Union Race course on Long Island. This race, which took place shortly after the repeal of the ban on horse racing, attracted a crowd estimated at sixty thousand.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Wilfred G. Burgess
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group