5 East 57th Street, 8th floor, New York, NY 10022
T: 212 355 5710 F: 212 355 5742
Harry Hall (1816 - 1882)
Harry Hall
(1816 - 1882)
'Fantastic', with Jockey Up
Oil on canvas
23 x 30 inches
Signed and dated 1863
Rehs Galleries, Inc., New York City
Private collection
The following information was supplied to us by Eric Graham:

Fantastic [1860] was by Hesperus - Whimsical and was owned by Mr G Bryan, in whose yellow, crimson sleeves [I stress crimson, not red] and cap colours she ran.

George Leopold Bryan was M P for Kilkenny in the Home Rule interest. He was born at Jenkinstown Park in 1828 and died, perhaps there, in late June 1880. He was steward at the West Drayton [London] races.

Fantastic [1860] b. c. By Hesperus [1849 by Bay Middleton] - Whimsical [no trace]

1862 - 2-y-o

23 April Newmarket [Craven]. Fourth in £50 Plate 4f to Battery; 10/1. Ridden by Lynch.

8 July Newmarket [July]. 3rd in 15 runner Maiden Plate 5f; not quoted. Ridden by Lynch.

21 August York. Won 12 runner Nursery Stakes 5f; 6/4 favourite. Ridden by Fordham.

31 October Newmarket [First October]. Won 10 runner Hopeful Stakes 4f; 100/7. Ridden by Lynch. Made all the running.

1863 - 3-y-o

24 March Northampton & Pytchley Hunt. Won 12 runner Whittlebury Stakes 6f; 5/2 second favourite. Ridden by Custance.

6 April Newmarket [Craven]. Won 4 runner £25 Sweepstake 6f; 3/1on. Ridden by Custance.

8 April Newmarket [Craven]. 2nd in 5 runner Subscription Plate 6f; 6/4 on. Ridden by Lynch.

20 May Epsom The Derby 1m 4f 31 ran; unplaced behind Macaroni; 100/7 - but offered at better than 300/1 in the spring. Ridden by Custance.


The 19th century proved to be one of the greatest periods in English Sporting art, and one of the most sought after artist during the early days was John Frederick Herring, Sr. (1895-1865).  Herring captured many of the most famous racehorses of the time on canvas, but there were many other artists whose work was also in demand; among them was Harry Hall.


Browse by Artist