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Rockingham' was John Theobald’s most successful racehorse, winning the Goodwood Cup for him in 1835.

'Rockingham' had previously won the St Leger in 1833, and this painting may date from this time, as Herring was a prolific painter of successful racehorses. Theobald then bought him and had several more victories, including at Goodwood, after which he and 'Rockingham' were painted together by James Ward. 'Rockingham' was then a stallion in Theobald’s stud.

This, and Barenger’s depiction of the Theobald Stud, were among paintings which came to Brodsworth Hall through the marriage of Theobald’s granddaughter, Georgiana, with Charles Sabine Thellusson.

English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall





oil on canvas


H 102 x W 127 cm

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purchased, as part of the contents of Brodsworth Hall, from Pamela Williams by the National Heritage Memorial Fund and transferred to English Heritage, 1990

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