John Ferneley Jr. (British, 1815-1862)
General Chassé
signed 'JFerneley' (lower left)
oil on canvas
10 x 12 in. (25.5 x 30.5 cm.)

Fred Archer.
The Hutton Family Collection.
Anon. sale, Christie's, London, 13 February 1981, lot 84.
Anon. sale, Sotheby's, New York, 11 April 1984, lot 173.
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General Chassé, by 'Actaeon' out of 'Hambletonia' was owned and bred in 1831 by Sir James Boswell, Bt. In his letter to Ferneley of 17 May 1835, Sir James wrote that he was 'most anxious that he shoulde be drawn by you.' Reflecting upon 'Priam's form, he continues-he beat Touchstone the other day as easily as he beat him last year at Liverpool which clearly proves that he ought to have won the Leger, but for the mistake the Jockey made by attempting to win too far.'
General Chassé achieved an impressive record of winning twenty out of his thirty-two races between 1834 and 1837. These included the Spring and July St. Legers at Liverpool in 1834, with Johnson up and the Spring and July Tradesman's Cup, and the Stand Cup at Liverpool in 1835, with J. Holmes up. In 1837 he won the Liverpool Craven Meeting Gold Cup with J. Holmes up as well as the Chester Cup.
General Chassé was eventually sold to Czar Nicholas I and exported to Russia.

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