The Famous Roan Horse Capt Mc Gowan as He Appeared in His 20th Mile

Description (Brief):

Color print of a trotting horse (Capt. McGowan) pulling a sulky on a racetrack. A white picket fence borders the track. The caption indicates that this is River Side Park, Brighton, Mass. on Oct. 31, 1865.

A color print of a brown horse attached by a light harness to a sulky with a driver who is intent on holding the reins. The driver wears a heavy red sweater and beaked cap. The sulky is red and highly polished. A picket fence borders the track. Pretentious country homes are in the wooded area beyond the park. It is a scene of River Side Park, Brighton, Mass. on Oct. 31, 1865.

Captain McGowan was bred in 1857 by Sovereign and Sally Miller, but his pedigree is debated. It is believed that he was born in Kentucky and owned by Samuel Emerson of Boston. He set a record in 1865 of trotting 20 miles in one hour (56 minutes, 25 seconds).

Date Made: 1865

Maker: J. H. Bufford and Sons

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, BostonDepicted: United States: Massachusetts, Boston, Brighton

Subject: Architecture, Domestic BuildingsChronology: 1860-1869HorsesWagonsRelated Event: Captain McGowan Racing in Riverside Park


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Exhibition Location:

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

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.60.3595Catalog Number: 60.3595

Object Name: lithographObject Type: Lithograph

Measurements: image: 17 3/8 in x 26 1/8 in; 44.1325 cm x 66.3575 cm


Record Id: nmah_325807

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