Samuel Henry Alken (1810-1894)

The Cesarewitch Stakes, 1848
oil on board
signed `H.alken` (lower right), and signed and inscribed `The Cesarewitch Stakes/H.alken.` (on the reverse)
7 x 11 in. (17.8 x 27.9 cm.)

Alken was descended from an illustrious family of sporting artists and was the elder son of the prolific sporting painter Henry Alken (1785-1851). He painted all aspects of sporting life, particularly racing scenes, and was noted for capturing the atmosphere and excitement of racing with an illustrative style similar to that of his father's.

The Cesarewitch Handicap is a flat race run each October in Newmarket and was formed as part of the "Autumn Double" with the Cambridgeshire Handicap. The race was established in 1839 from a £300 gift to the jockey club from Tsesarevich Alexander (later Tsar Alexander II) of Russia. It was quite a donation for the day and in honour of the Tsar the Anglican version of his title was subsequently chosen as name of the race.

Tuesday, 10th October 1848
A free handicap of 25 sov. each, 15 ft. with 300 added by his Imperial Highness the Grand Duke Cesarewitch, for three years old and upwards;

Cesarewitch Course, Newmarket.

1 Mr. W. S. Crawfurd's ch. g. The Cur, by Bran, 6yrs, 8st 3lb Rogers

2 Col. Peel's ch. f. Dacia, 3yrs, 4st 13lb Collins

3 Capt. Harcourt's br. f. Ellerdale, 4yrs, 8st 5lb. Marson

4 Col. Peel's b. f. Palma, 4yrs, 5st (carried 5st 3lb.) Brown

32 ran. Won by a length, three lengths between the second and third, a neck between the third and fourth.

Source: Weatherby's Racing Calendar 1848 p272.

This was the tenth running of the Cesarewitch Stakes.

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