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Suffolk Punch Stallion: Sudbourne Premier

Herbert Haseltine (American (born Italy), Rome 1877–1962 Paris)
after July 1923 – ca. 1924; cast 1925
12 x 15 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. (30.5 x 40 x 21.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Bequest of Mary Stillman Harkness, 1950
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774
Haseltine’s series British Champion Animals, begun in 1922, eventually numbered twenty-six, and included Suffolk Punch Stallion: Sudbourne Premier. The horse was foaled in 1919 and from July 1923 belonged to Percy C. Vesty of Eastham Park, Wickham Market, England. In 1924, it had an impressive seven first-place prizes in shows of the Royal Agricultural Society of England. As was Haseltine’s customary method of completing the British Champion Animals, he modeled the horse in England, and completed the resulting edition of bronze casts in Paris.
the artist, New York (1925–33; sold on December 30, 1933, for $750, to Knoedler); [M. Knoedler and Co., Inc., New York, 1933–34; stock no. A1445; sold in February 1934 to Harkness]; Mary Stillman Harkness, New York (1934–d. 1950; her bequest to MMA)

New York. Graham Gallery. "Herbert Haseltine 1877–1962," May 1–26, 1973, not in catalogue.

Saratoga Springs, N. Y. National Museum of Racing. "Herbert Haseltine 1877–1962," July 15–August 26, 1973, not in catalogue.

Albert TenEyck Gardner. American Sculpture: A Catalogue of the Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1965, pp. 134–35.

Herbert Haseltine in Malcolm Cormack. Champion Animals: Sculptures by Herbert Haseltine. Richmond, 1996, pp. 23–25, 28–29, 32, ill. front cover (color detail), 22, 26 (color, detail and overall, collection Virginia Museum of Fine Arts), 27 (plasticine model).

Joan M. Marter in American Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ed. Thayer Tolles. Vol. 2, A Catalogue of Works by Artists Born between 1865 and 1885. New York and New Haven, 2001, pp. 613–14, no. 282, ill.

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