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The racehorse 'Rataplan' had just won the Doncaster Cup in 1855 when he was painted. His owner, Charles Thellusson, was grateful for Rataplan's winnings as he was often in debt.
It is not known who the gentleman holding 'Rataplan' in the painting is. He could be Charles Thellusson’s brother, Seymour, as Charles was ill at the time, or the trainer, Parr, who sometimes partly-owned the horse and was responsible for his racing successes.
English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
oil on canvas
H 102 x W 127 cm
purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990
H Hall 1851 (altered from 1855?)