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Lot 263: Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819-1908) the birdcage at newmarket
The Racing Sale
November 12, 1997
New York, NY, USA
Description: Oil on canvas 152.5 by 289.5 cm.; 60 by 114 in. This magnificent panorama depicts the scene on the Rowley Mile Course at Newmarket in 1885, following the victory of Mr Brodrick Cloete's Paradox, ridden by Fred Archer, in the 2000 Guineas Stakes. Archer can be seen in the centre of the picture, wearing the crimson and black and white colours of Mr Brodrick-Cloete and riding Parodox. He is shown riding towards two figures, the trainer John Porter in black who stands next to the owner. Tom Cannon, the rider of the runner-up Crafton, is depicted on the far right of the picture wearing the pink and white stripes of Mr Gerard, whilst The Child of the Mist, who finished third, has been unsaddled by Charlie Wood, who is wearing the 'Rob Roy' tartan of the owner Mr J.T. Mackenzie. Amongst the leading lights of the Victorian Turf depicted in the painting is The Prince of Wales, seen at the head of The Child of the Mist, and the Earl of Rosebery, future Prime Minister, to his right. Paradox was a bay colt foaled in 1882 by Sterling out of Casuistry. He was originally owned by the Duke of Westminster who considered the colt an 'ugly brute' and instructed his trainer, John Porter of Kingsclere, to sell him. Mr Brodrick-Cloete purchased Paradox for GB5000. His other victories comprised the Dewhurst Plate; the Grand Prix de Paris; the Sussex Stakes; the Champion Stakes; and the Free Handicap at Newmarket. Although not generally realised at the time, Paradox was a very difficult ride as he would stop galloping once he hit the front. Archer had to employ all his considerable skills to win the present race by a head. In the Derby, Archer chose to ride Melton and, knowing Paradox's trait, allowed him to lead into the closing stages of the race before producing Melton to win in the final strides. After that race, Oscar Wilde sent a congratulatory telegram to the winning owner Lord Hastings that read: 'I understand that Milton's Paradise Lost is being revived and will appear in Derby Week and will be published under the title Paradox Lost by Melton.' Paradox's owner, Mr Brodrick-Cloete, lost his life during the First World War, having been drowned when the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine.