Richard Roper
The Match between Aaron and Driver at Maidenhead, Aug. 1754: Driver Winning the Third Heat 1754

Artwork details

Artist
Richard Roper c.1730–c.1775
Title
The Match between Aaron and Driver at Maidenhead, Aug. 1754: Driver Winning the Third Heat
Date 1754
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 883 x 1216 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by Paul Mellon through the British Sporting Art Trust 1979
Reference
T02367
Not on display

Display caption

This is the last of a set of three pictures, all inscribed with details of the event, showing the heats of a race held in 1754 between the chestnut Driver and the bay Aaron. At a score of one race all, this captures the exciting closing moments of the final heat, which won Driver the match.

Roper was one of numerous untrained artists who supplied a market for factually precise records of particular animals or sporting events.

February 2010

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