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 Agasse, Jacques Laurent (Swiss artist, 1767-1849) , Colt, the First Progeny of the Arab Mare when Sired by the Arab Stallion

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Title Colt, the First Progeny of the Arab Mare when Sired by the Arab Stallion
Collection Royal College of Surgeons for England
Artist Agasse, Jacques Laurent (Swiss artist, 1767-1849)
Date 1821 (dated)
Description This is one of a series of six paintings of living animals commissioned by Lord Merton for the Royal College of Surgeons by the Swiss artist Jacques-Laurent Agasse. The paintings were commissioned in order to record Lord Merton's experiments on Telegony, the study of whether the womb can be influenced by its past progeny. The animals in the series are mainly shown in profile and although painted in a manner that reflects that the works are from life, are intended to be seen as scientific records.
Current Accession Number RCSSC/P 281
Former Accession Number Clift 1820 no. 46; Keith no. 57
Subject animal (horse); landscape
Measurements 48.0 x 58 cm.0 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Purchased from the artist 1821.
Principal Exhibitions Jacques-Laurent Agasse, 1767-1849 Musée d'Art et d' Histoire, Geneva, 1988-1989 & Tate Gallery, London, 1989, cat. no. 50 as 'Filly, the First Progeny of the Arab Mare when Sired by the Arab Stallion'.
Publications Clift, W., List of Paintings of the College, unpublished cat., 1820, cat. no. 46, p. 19 as The First Foal produced between the Arabian Stallion No 45 and the Arabian Mare No 48; Morton, The Earl of, 'A Communication of a Singular Fact in Natural History,' Philosophical Transactions, London, 1821, vol. 111, pp. 20-22; Keith, A. Illustrated Guide to the Museum of The Royal College of Surgeons, England, London, 1910, pp. 113-4; Keith, A., Sir, Hunterian and Other Pictures in the Museum Collection of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, 1930, cat. no. 57, p.;; LeFanu, W., A Catalogue of the Portraits and Other Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture in the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Edinburgh & London, 1960, cat. no. 281, p. 92; Jacques-Laurent Agasse, 1767-1849 London, 1988, cat. no. 450, p. 134, p. 140, ill. p.138.
Notes Clift added to the 1820 hand written manuscript as works were acquired. The Clift 1820 catalogue p. 19, records the following: 'The following are a Series of Six Pictures Painted from the living Animals for the College in 1821 by Mr. Agasse, to illustrate the history of a male Quagga from Africa, and an Arabian Mare, both formerly the Property of Lord Morton on which subject a paper was read before the Royal Society, on Thursday the .. of 182[;].'
Rights Owner Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
Author Dr Madeleine Korn



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