Thoroughbred Horses in Art

Charles XII the race horseThe Thoroughbred horse has held the fascination of artists since the breeds beginnings in the 17th & 18th century.

This high energy breed and racing itself began in England, but the trend of horse racing took hold worldwide and many different countries imported English animals to create their own Thoroughbred bloodlines.

Recently I’ve been doing some research through public domain art and was delighted to see so many artistic representations of this spirited breed.

The Byerley Turk

The Byerley Turk

Carbine

Carbine

Chester

Chester

Crucifix

Crucifix

Eleanor

Eleanor

Faugh-a-Ballagh

Faugh-a-Ballagh

Flying Childers

Flying Childers

St. Simon with Jockey

St. Simon with Jockey

More Breed Art

The horse portrait world isn’t just about Thoroughbreds & I found other breeds lovingly captured on canvas as well. Stay tuned for more horse breed art to come.

Until then you might enjoy checking out interviews with contemporary horse artists about their work.

4 Comments on “Thoroughbred Horses in Art

  1. Toni Haigh

    Very interesting … My great uncle was the equine artist Alfred G. Haigh in England. He painted many racehorses and hunt scenes including Bahram for the Aga Khan. Some of his originals can be seen at the British Racing Museum and the National Stud in Newmarket.
    I am also an equine artist and have also painted many of the top American racehorses and showhorses.

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    1. Elizabeth Mcivor

      I am very excited to have discovered your note on this site. Many years ago I purchased a wonderful black and white image of a man on horseback. I am a former show jumper (still have a horse) and bought the picture because of the beauty of the animal but have since been told this gentleman may be a young Winston Churchill. I would love to communicate with you directly. The signature on the piece matches those that I have found of Alfred G. Haigh your great uncle. Feel free to communicate with me at Lsbth@aol?com. Best regards, Elizabeth

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  2. Tracy Haigh Lee

    I miss you cousin Tony, I have no phone just fb, stuck in no ca. Can’t wait to get back to so ca. Did you know aunt Jerene not doing well, we all need to get together Soon! Your pictures are awesome and so are my memories with you, Love you, Tracy =)

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  3. Lynda Vincent

    I have a black and white large engraving (?) or print of an oil painting of a master of foxhound with each hound named. It is dated 1913 and signed in pencil by Haigh. I will send a picture for you to view if I could have your email or address. I would love for you to see it and any info about it would be wonderful. Does it have value as a print? I know his oils are valuable
    Lynda Vincent
    Dallas, Texas

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