To be sold by auction, by Mr. Tattersall, near Hyde Park Turnpike, on Monday, the 4th May, 1807.



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Broadside printed on the recto and verso (370 x 248mm). A little creased and with old fold lines, slightly browned in places, area of rubbing just touching a few letters in the imprint.


[London]: by Henry Reynell, 

No copies of this auction broadside recorded in OCLC or Copac.


A broadside containing 81 lots of horses and horse related equipment to be sold by Tattersalls at their premises near Hyde Park Corner. The firm was founded in 1766 by Richard Tattersall and is still in business today. The broadside contains much information on horse pedigrees. 


The horses are variously described as hunters, hacks, roadsters and  thoroughbreds with information such as, "a remarkably good hunter, a parttcularly [sic] steady leaper, and well known in the Berkeley Hunt" and "perfectly quiet in harness". 


Richard Tattersall (1724-1795) was the most famous and important horse dealer of the 18th century and his premises at Hyde Park Corner became an important meeting place for those involved in the equestrian world. 


"By 1766 Richard had accumulated sufficient funds to purchase a ninety-nine-year lease of property at Hyde Park Corner from Lord Grosvenor, where he set up as a horse and hound auctioneer. The business boomed, partly because of his reputation for integrity but also through his cultivation of potential clients with dinners and other hospitality; clients included members of the Jockey Club and the French royal family. In 1780 he added subscription rooms which became the site for the making and settling of bets by the higher echelons of the racing fraternity. He also ventured into thoroughbred horse ownership, most spectacularly in 1779 with the purchase for £2500 from Lord Bolingbroke of the unbeaten Highflyer, whose successful career at stud–he was champion sire twelve times–earned Richard far more than the outlay from both stud fees and commission on the sales of his offspring" (ODNB).


After Tattersall's death the business was run by his son Richard (1785-1851), "under his direction within a decade the firm became a leader in the world of bloodstock auctioneering, with sales to the continent increasing and the development of annual yearling sales for some of the major studs" (ODNB).


Two lots in this sale are marked with an asterix. The first is lot 43, "A Brown mare, 10 years old, by King Fergus, dam, Euphrosyne, by Highflyer [originally owned by Richard Tattersall, see above], covered by Young Whiskey". King Fergus was a well known sire belonging to John Croke who died in 1801. Also of interest was lot 44 which included "A Bay Mare, 13 ditto, by Escape, dam by Alfred, out of Brim, by Squirrel, covered by Young Whiskey". 

Stock Code: 246330

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