Here is an antique English oil painting by Francis Sartorius. Circa 18th-century. Depicts a racehorse and rider. In excellent condition. Recently professionally restored.
Francis Sartorius (1734 - 5 March 1804) was an English painter of horses, horse-racing and hunting scenes, of the famous Sartorius family of artists. Also known as Francis Sartorius the Elder to distinguish him from his grandson Francis Sartorius Jr. ("the Younger").Francis was the son and pupil of John Sartorius. His first important work was a portrait of the racehorse Antinous(foaled 1758), for the Duke of Grafton. Other horse-portraits were Herod (foaled 1758) for the Duke of Cumberland; Snapfor a Mr. Latham; Cardinal Ruff for a Mr. Shafto; and Bay Malton for the Marquis of Rockingham. Several of these portraits were engraved by John June (fl. 1740-70), and published between 1760 and 1770.
Sartorius was a prolific and popular painter, and it is said that he produced more portraits of the famous race-horse horse Eclipse during the zenith of his fame than all other contemporary artists together (Bailys Magazine, January 1897, p. 23). He was a contributor to The Sporting Magazine and in vols. ii-vi. (1793-1795) are four excellent engravings from his works, including the famous racehorse Waxey (sired by the notable thoroughbred Pot-8-Os).