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This sporting portrait shows three generations of the Day family. John Barham Day (1794-1860) is shown standing by the carriage with a whip in his hand. He was a well-known trainer and jockey who established racing stables on the Hampshire Downs. His nickname 'Honest John Day' was ironic, for the Day stables became a centre of controversy over fraudulent betting. His five sons, three of whom are included here, were all successful jockeys.
Cooper was a pupil of Ben Marshall and was one of the few sporting artists to be elected a Royal Academician. He had a prolific output of racing and hunting scenes, many of which were exhibited at the Academy.

August 2004