In 1924 he made a dream trip of six months in the United States during which he visited the hunt and polo clubs of New England and Long Island. The similarities of the American and English gentry immediately put him at ease.
On May 24 in New York, Sotheby's sells three oils on canvas memorizing this itinerary. Note that the women ride on sidesaddle.
Lot 72, 78 x 85 cm, estimated $ 300K, is the portrait of the wife of one of his New England hosts riding Desert Queen. The mare is standing, gently raising a foreleg. The woman had probably posed in the studio.
The husband was so pleased with the above portrait that he commissioned the artist to display him on his gray horse Powder Puff accompanied by his pack. Forming a pendant with the previous lot, it is offered with the same estimate as lot 73.
Unlike the two previous lots, lot 74 was painted around 1927, long after the come back of the artist to England, when the illustrated Long Island riding champion girl prepares to marry an English aristocrat. Miss Ruth Brady is riding the energetic Bugle Call and is accompanied by a beautiful dog. This oil on canvas 85 x 101 cm is estimated $ 1,4M and the subject of the tweet below.
RESULTS INCLUDING PREMIUM
Lot 74 : $ 1.7M
Lots 72 and 73 : $ 370K each