Edward Troye, "the Painter of Thoroughbred Stories," as Genevieve Baird Lacer's popular book rightly deems him, was born in Switzerland and came to the United States in 1831. He proceeded to become the foremost mid-19th century painter of horses in America. He painted horse portraits in Virginia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky, where he spent a number of years. He lived in Lexington and in Georgetown, where he is buried.
His paintings were reproduced in the country's first magazine of sport, The American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine. Engravings after Troye paintings served as frontispieces for the periodical. These prints, executed by some of the best engravers of the period, are quite rare.