The Flying Dutchman and Voltigeur


A color print of a race in progress across turf between a brown and black stallion. The former is ahead by nearly one length. The jockeys wear close fitting white breeches, high top boots, and distinctly colored jackets and caps. Rolling hills are in the distance.

The Flying Dutchman was bred on February 22, 1846 by Henry Vansittart in Yorkshire, England. His sire was Bay Middleton, an undefeated racer, and his dam was Barbelle. Lord Eglinton had agreed to purchase all of her foals for $1,000, and when he came to own the Dutchman, he sent the foal into training under John Fobert. As a two year old, the Dutchman was undefeated. His biggest race was the Epsom Derby in 1849. The Dutchman had not raced beforehand and was believed to be unfit, but his jockey Charles Marlow was able to ride the horse to the win. That race was the only time a whip was ever needed on the Dutchman in his career. His “Great Match” was his race against Voltigeur (pictured here). It was held at York on May 31, 1851. The Dutchman won by a length and was immediately retired to stud after. As a stud, the Dutchman was eventually sold to Napoleon III’s National Stud farm, where he stood until his death and became the top sire from 1855-62. In his career he won $6,575 and 14 of his 15 races, and he is considered one of the greatest British race horses of the century. He died in 1870.

Voltigeur was foaled in 1847 by Robert Stephenson in Hart, Durham, England from Voltaire and Martha Lynn. Robert Hill, a trainer for Lord Zetland bought the colt for $1,000 after he failed at sales because of his pedigree. Voltigeur was sent to training in Yorkshire and was ultimately win the Epsom Derby and the St. Leger. His most famous race was the “Great Match” against the Flying Dutchman, after which he continued his racing career for another year before standing for stud. As a stud, he was located in Middlethorpe before a fractured hind leg forced him to be put down in 1874 at Aske Hall. His legacy lived on in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, a trial competition for the St. Leger.

Date Made: after May 1851

Maker: Currier, NathanielOriginal Artist: Herring, J.F. Sr.Harris, J.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: New York, New York CityDepicted: United Kingdom: England, York

Depicted: HorsesHorse RacingRelated Event: Horse Race between The Flying Dutchman and Voltigeur


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Credit Line: Harry T. Peters "America on Stone" Lithography Collection

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.3245Catalog Number: 60.3245

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Measurements: image: 12 3/8 in x 20 1/2 in; 31.4325 cm x 52.07 cm


Record Id: nmah_325501

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