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Ilex, Winner of the Grand National in 1890


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Ilex, Winner of the Grand National in 1890

A portrait of Ilex when eight years old, the son of Rostrevor (out of Valonia), thought to show Arthur Nightingall up and the trainer John Nightingall, the first of the Nightingall trainer dynasty, beside them. In 1890 Ilex was winner of the 52nd Grand National held at Aintree. The horse would have it’s racing career ended by injury, but would be retained as a hunter and raced with hunts around the Surrey region. Painted in oil on canvas, signed and dated "J. Dighton 1892".
Joshua Dighton (1831-1908), born in Worcester, the second son of Richard Snr, is perhaps best known for the portraits of jockeys which he produced. Joshua's earliest work is an equestrian portrait of Fulwar Craven of 1845, in the collection of the Cheltenham Art Gallery. He worked in Hammersmith, Merton, Wimbledon, Pimlico and Battersea and as with all three generations of the Dighton dynasty, produced mostly watercolour portraits.
Within a period, perhaps original, rosewood veneered frame.
For a copy of a newspaper account of the Grand National win, please follow the link to WALPOLE'S website and search for 'Ilex". Alternatively, the scan of this cutting is to be found on AINTREE GRAND NATIONAL/1890.
Framed dimensions 31.5 in x 26.5 in
The work 26.5 in x 21.5 in


19th Century

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Walpoles is an antiques business that has been established for more than 35 years with an extensive stock which can be divided into three broad themes: "The Army" encompassing colonial furniture and works of art, folk art of the British soldier as well as campaign furniture, pictures and objects of a military theme; "The Navy" covering fine and folk art associated with the British Royal and Merchant Navy fleets as well as fine art and objects that fall under a title of "The China Trade"; and finally there is an established core of furniture, pictures and works of art typical of "The English Country House".

Founded by Graham Walpole, the business first set up in Church Street, in London’s Marylebone, and by the end of the 1980s had moved to Westbourne Grove, from where they dealt until the turn of the last century. In 2004 Walpoles relocated to their home town of Greenwich and joined the British Antiques Dealers Association but now work from 111 Portobello Road. Please be aware that this shop is too small to show all of the stock on the website and that you should make an enquiry before your journey to ensure that the item in question is there for you to see. We are open every day, with the exception of Sundays, between the hours of 10 a.m. & 4 p.m., (Saturday 7.00 a.m. - 5 p.m.)

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