Dr Syntax' was a famous racehorse, who won 20 gold cups. He was named after a popular character from 18th-century books and prints.
Ward’s magnificent and detailed painting places the horse in a sweeping landscape setting. He painted three versions of 'Dr Syntax' from 1820, and included an engraving in the series of ‘Celebrated Horses’. This third version was one of three paintings of famous horses bought by a Mr Theobald, at the sale of Ward’s work in 1829. It has hung with the other two, 'Haphazard' and 'Walton', in the Billiard Room at Brodsworth Hall since the house was built in the 1860s. These are amongst the paintings brought to Brodsworth Hall through the marriage of Georgiana Theobald and Charles Sabine Thellusson in 1850. She was the daughter of William and Sarah Theobald and granddaughter of stud-owner John Theobald.
Where to see this painting?
English Heritage, Brodsworth Hall
Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England, DN5 7XJ
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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