Flying Childers (Primary Title)

James Seymour, English, ca. 1702 - 1752 (Artist)

oil on canvas
Unframed: 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm)
Framed: 35 1/4 × 46 in. (89.54 × 116.84 cm)
Childers was described in 1753 as “the fleetest horse that ever ran at Newmarket.” Unlike George Stubbs, Seymour is not overly interested in the anatomy of the horse or in the psychological relationship between horse and groom. However, he certainly created a credible image – even if somewhat iconic and flat – of a horse renowned for its speed.
Inscribed at lower left: "J.S. 1750"
Paul Mellon Collection
2018-2019: "A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA", National Sporting Museum & Library, Middleburg, VA, April 13 - July 22, 2018; Frist Art Museum, Nashville, TN, February 2 - May 5, 2019; Frick Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, June 15 - September 8, 2019
Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC

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