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Bolting Colt Leaving the Stable

Stable scene off a street. Three men and a horse attached to a carriage. One man standing in doorway at center smoking cigar; one man in carriage smoking a cigar and holding reins in hand. Horse is up on rear legs and one man at left partially in image holding feather duster. From the Currier & Ives Inventory Listing of Sidney A. Alpert "Original Art - Bolting Colt Leaving the Stable - By Thomas Worth "

Bolting Colt Leaving the Stable
Watercolor and graphite

Thomas Worth was an illustrator and one of the best-known artists employed by the New York lithography firm of Currier and Ives. He began working for the company in 1855, and much of his popularity was attributed to his comical genre scenes. Worth was also known for creating images of horses. This watercolor is a study, most likely created in preparation for a lithograph design, although curiously, no known print produced by Currier & Ives contains this image. It is a rare interior scene depicting several men observing an energetic colt as it leaves the stable. One man stands in the center doorway smoking a cigar; another sits smoking in the carriage with reins in hand. A third man stands off to the side expressing surprise at the colt’s movements. There are portraits of horses, possibly prints by Currier & Ives, hanging on the wall behind the gentleman in the doorway suggesting his association with equestrian sports. A number of horse blankets lay over a rack behind the carriage. The horse is up on its hind legs, providing the artist the opportunity to illustrate its complex anatomy.

Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert, supplemented with Museum Acquisition Funds

Date: Undated

Artists: Thomas Worth
Date of Artists: American, 1834-1917
Medium: Pencil and Watercolor
Measurements: 17 7/8 x 11 inches
Access Number: 2004-D08-01
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert

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