Edward Duncan after Frank Howard
The Derby Won
28 x 21 inches
A scarce, hand coloured aquatint by Edward Duncan after F. Howard, published in London in 1833.
The legend to this unusual print reads "A faithful representation of the scene which occurred after the winning of the Derby Stakes by Dangerous, rode by Chappell, at Epsom 1833. Sketched on the spot by Frank Howard".
Not to be confused with Frankie Howard of "Titter ye not" fame, this evocative scene was drawn in the paddock at Epsom by Frank Howard and then worked into a copper plate by the inestimable Edward Duncan. The scene is one of huge excitement as Dangerous has just romped home to win the prestigious cup. It is particularly interesting to see the grandstand behind, packed with excitable ladies waving their parasols, the gentlemen constrained to the smaller stands either side and the melee of the paddock. Much of the euphoria might be explained by the fact that Dangerous was an outsider and came in at 30 to 1! Its owner, the appropriately named Isaac Sadler, would have pocketed the £3725 in prize money (around £370,000 today) as well as a tidy amount at the bookies! It was, undoubtedly a good day for him and, reportedly, the best attended Epsom Derby on record.
The winning horse, Dangerous, enters from the left (ridden by Chappell) trailed by Claucus and preceded by the other runners up, Sir Robert, Catalonian and Revenge.