- Otho, with John Larkin up, 1768
- George Stubbs
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- Original: Oil on canvas, 101.3 x 127 cm ® Tate, London
Otho was a bay colt bred and first owned by the Hon. Richard Vernon, a founder-member of the Jockey Club. Otho had proved only moderately successful on the race-track until 1767, the last year of his racing career, when he had several victories. This portrait with a mounted jockey, beside one of the rubbing-down houses at Newmarket, was presumably commissioned to celebrate these achievements. The subtle atmospheric effects evoke the tension of racing, as the storm-clouds hint that the sunlight in which the horse and rider stand may be fitful.
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