Brightwells Fine Art Sale - Day Two - Thursday 21st March 2019
A.M GAUCI (op.circa 1848-1885)
'Hopeful 2nd', a Hereford Bull
signed and dated lower left 'A.M. Gauci 1881', inscribed on a label attached to the reverse 'Hopeful 2nd - used for many years in the Felhampton Court Herd'
watercolour heightened with white
5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in (13.9 x 13.9cm)
Provenance: John Hill, Esq of Felhampton Court, Shropshire
thence by descent
In the course of the development of the Felhampton Court Herd, John Hill made a number of acquisitions from the herd of Mr Green of Marlow. A herd noted at the time 'for its great scale and good proportion'. One of the better known Marlow bulls that he bought was 'Hopeful 2nd'. This bull came from a line originating from 'Renown', which had been bred by Lord Berwick.