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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