John Beer – Watercolour – Edward V11’s horse winning 2000gns Newmarket


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“John Beer (1860-1930) – original horse racing water colour dated 1909 – depicting The King’s (Edward VII) Minoru winning the 2000gns at Newmarket 1909 from Phaleron (2nd) and Louviers (3rd) in the shadow of the sun. Minoru went on to win the Derby

John Beer was one of several artists employed by noted sporting print makers Messrs. Fores. In the days before widespread photography use and certainly before images could be circulated quickly, the wire service would relay race results immediately to the gallery where Beer could quickly produce racing images that were placed in the windows for the public to see what had occurred.

He spent most of his life working in London, at one time using the studio over Fores Gallery, formerly used by A. C. Havell. For a short period he is recorded as living on Goldsmith Street, Nottingham.

Beer worked in oil, watercolor, and gouache. Flat racing and point to point were his main subjects. His other key work includes a set of eight pictures of The Derby. He regularly painted racehorse portraits in oils, and was one of several artists who were employed to produce quick spontaneous race finishes. Beer’s drawings were hung at the race course so that late arrivers to the race track could see who had won the earlier races.

Image 35 x 26 cms, In Frame 50 x 68 cms”

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