25 Blythe Road Harry Moore-Gwyn - Auction of Pictures from a Private London Club - Wednesday 5th April 2017
*RENÉ PIERRE CHARLES PRINCETEAU (1844-1914) COUNT fRÉDÉRIC LAGRANGE'S BAY signed l.r.: Princeteau
oil on canvas 58 cm by 71 cm; 22 1/2 in by 27 1/2 in framed The jockey is in the colours of leading mid to late 19th century French racing trainer and owner Comte Frédéric Lagrange. Lagrange was the owner of Gladiateur, which in 1865 was the first foreign bred horse to win the Triple Crown. Princeteau was born into a wealthy family, and despite being both deaf and mute, showed an early aptitude for art. Many of his animal works are very large, but, like the present work, they show the elegance and latent power of the subjects. He encouraged - and may even have tutored - Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec to become a professional artist when the latter stayed with him at his studio in the rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré in 1881.