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Grey Eagle


copper-plate engraving after Edward Troye

10 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (image)

14 by 20 1/4 inches (paper)


Grey Eagle is a rare, large-format engraving of Edward Troye’s celebrated painting of one of the most famous Kentucky-bred racing horses of the 19th century. The print is a combination of engraving and mezzotint on a heavy wove paper. The engraving was done for the New York Spirit of the Times newspaper, which published from 1835 to 1837.


The print bears the following information:


Title: Grey Eagle / Published for the New York Spirit of the Times Newspaper


First line: Grey Eagle was bred by Maj. H.T. Duncan, of Lexington, Kentucky, in 1835; he is now the property of A.L. Shotwell & Co. of Georgetown, Kentucky.


Second line: By Woodpecker out of Ophelia, (the dam of Caroline, Scott, Senator, &c.) by Wild Medley, her dam by Sir Archy, out of Lady Chesterfield by Imp. Diomed ___ Lady Bolingbroke by Imp. Pantaloon &c.


Third line: Engraved by Jordan & Halpin, from an original painting by E. Troye.


Jordan & Halpin were Henry Jordan and Frederick Halpin, New York City-based engravers. Jordan was an immigrant from England and considered “a good line-engraver of landscape” (Stauffer and Fielding, American Engravers upon Copper and Steel, 1907). Halpin was also an English immigrant known as a line and stipple engraver.





engraved by Lauderbach from a drawing from life by E. Troye, from Every Horse Owner's Cyclopedia, 1882.


4 x 5 3/4 inches (image)

 in burled wood frame (10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches) archivally matted



Edward Troye (1808-1874)

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.


Mary Randolph


copper-plate engraving after Troye by J.M. Gimbrede for the American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, August 1840.


4 x 5 3/4 inches (image)

in burled wood frame (10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches) archivally matted



The Thorough-bred Stallion Lexington


Engraved after Troye by Meeder-Chubb (Philip Meeder and F. Y. Chubb) for the American Agriculturist for the Farm, Garden, and Household, September 1871.


The image is accompanied by a history of the great racehorse, which concludes, "Lexington was sold in 1856 to the late R.A. Alexander, for $15,000, and is now owned by A.J. Alexander, Spring St'n, Ky.


6 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches (image)

12 x 9 inches (paper)



Black Maria


Wallace's American Stud-Book, Vol. 1, NY, 1867

steel engraving

signed (plate) E. Troye, l.l.

Capewell & Kimmell, l.r.

copyright secured, l.c.


4 3/16 x 6 1/16 inches (image)

5 11/16 x 9 5/16 (paper)



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