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  • Title
    Old Jorrocks (Age 16), [March?] 1848 / painted by Thomas Balcombe
  • Creator
  • Call number
    ML 1408
    Status: On display – Paintings from the Collection, Room 3, North Wall, no. 271
  • Level of description
  • Date

    [March?] 1848
  • Type of material
  • Reference code
  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    1 painting - oil on board, framed - visible image 14.4 x 19.8 cm., in frame 23.5 x 28.7 cm.
  • Collection history
    Purchased with another equine portrait by Thomas Balcombe, Plover (Age 5) (ML1407), from Sullivan + Strumpf Fine Art, February 2008. The provenance of the works is given as the Jardine family of Queensland, perhaps descendants of brothers Frank and Alexander Jardine who settled in Cape York in 1864.
  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge:: Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
  • General note

    This painting and ML1407 are identically framed in wooden frames with corner detail, and painted in gold, now very faded. Frames are possibly original.
    Possibly exhibited in the 1849 Society for the Promotion of Fine Arts exhibition where four equine portraits of celebrated race horses were exhibited by Mr F Downes: Sydney Morning Herald 2 June 1849 p.3. JF Downes owned Jorrocks and Plover.
    Known as the "Iron gelding," Jorricks (1833-1860) is credited as the oldest winning thoroughbred in Australian history winning his last race at the age of 18. He won every important race in Sydney at least once, his greatest racing feats on the track at Homebush - the centre of Sydney racing at the time. Most of his career was based at the Hawkesbury and a memorial stone at the R.A.A.F. Richmond Air Base marks his grave.

    Library correspondence file
    Digital order no:Album ID : 846191
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

    Signed, dated and inscribed in brushpoint on verso, upper right: Old Jorrocks/age 16/TT Balcombe Pinx/[march?] 1848
    On verso is affixed printed label reading: Ackermann & Cos prepared Millboards... Strand London. Inscribed in crayon on label: Jorrocks 1848
  • Subject
  • Topic
  • Exhibited in

    Paintings from the Collection - State Library of New South Wales (2018)
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