Todman: Conformation

Todman: Conformation

Featured Image: Image Page 47; Ross Du Bourg ‘The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred’

Ross Du Bourg writes in his seminal treatise ‘The Australian and New Zealand Thoroughbred’:

“Todman had a most unusual torso and peculiarly balanced physique; he was long-backed, low slung and high-rumped, and when I saw him on Baramul Stud on his fourteenth birthday his coat was very light and washed-out. He was clearly unique, and his stock inherited a large portion of his galloping ability, which transcends all considerations of outward physical beauty. Todman died at the Thompson family’s neighbouring historic Widden Stud on 13 June 1976 when within a few weeks of his twenty-second birthday”.

I think I would concur with much of this opinion. However I would never have commented on his coat condition and colour when Mr A O Ellison was still alive! Many of Star Kingdom’s offspring inherited the body shape described by Ross; notably Biscay and his descendants. Biscay had the longest ‘barrel’, largest quarters and flattest croup of any sire I have ever seen. He was superbly muscled. His dam ‘Makapura’ (Imp. by Big Game) had a robust body shape and hind-quarters with which even ‘Jameka’ Williams would have felt ‘diminished’! Conversely his super sire son ‘Bletchingly was short-coupled, short barrel, short rein and short-necked. He had the same rippling musculature as both his illustrious sire and grandsire.

Many good judges and articulate scribes wax eloquent about ‘conformation’. Many of the most ‘shapely’ cannot run fast. The most expensive, arguably ‘perfect’’ yearling of all time by Northern Dancer couldn’t trot. George Ryder always used to say somewhat acerbically ‘there are no looking races’!

Governor General David Hurley

Governor General David Hurley

Featured Image: ‘Hubcapping’ @ Government House Sydney; Wednesday 5th September 2018; L to R: Hugh Howey, GG David Hurley, Bill Howey, Sarah Howey

Author’s note: I’m a Republican. However the strongest argument to retain the status quo Constitutional Monarchy is the calibre of State Governors and Governors General. A letter in the SMH said as much: “If we keep appointing people of this calibre we avoid the situation which has developed in the United States”?

Footnote: “Hubcap” = ‘Hang around the Big Wheels’ (© Cocky Farrell, Muswellbrook)

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Christmas Cheer 2018

Christmas Cheer 2018

Featured Image: King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) & Friend (Homo sapiens)in the Courtyard

Dear Everyone

As usual I’ve been dilatory and remiss in NOT sending out Christmas Cards in time! I promise to catch up very soon.

Please see the attached image. It was taken by Sarah in the garden this morning (20/12/18); quite early. She called it ‘Mad Visit’! A juvenile male King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis) followed us into the courtyard. It was very tame and enjoyed the ‘parrot-food-on-a-stick’ under the Snow Pear. It’s the smaller and slightly redder (?) extant male. Only one of us is a King Parrot!  By the way it’s a cup of coffee I’m holding in my left hand! Don’t get any funny ideas; it was about 6:00am. We were celebrating 37mm (= 1.5″) of rain in a severe storm cell overnight. There’s no better news than that!

Go kindly everyone over the festive season.

‘Col Gout’

Martin Stainforth: Greenstead & Beauford

Martin Stainforth: Greenstead & Beauford

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Stainforth: The Welkin & Cagou

Martin Stainforth: The Welkin & Cagou

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Stainforth: Malt King & Biplane

Martin Stainforth: Malt King & Biplane

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Stainforth Duke Foote & Desert Gold

Martin Stainforth: Duke Foote & Desert Gold

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Stainforth Sketches II

Martin Stainforth Sketches II

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Stainforth Sketches I

Martin Stainforth Sketches I

“Next to a fine picture of a lovely woman there is nothing perhaps which more strongly appeals to the aesthetic sense than a picture of a splendid thoroughbred horse”.

So wrote Dr W. J. Stewart McKay in his seminal treatise: ‘Racehorses in Australia’ with paintings by Martin Stainforth and Edited by Dr W. H. Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart Mckay.

Dr McKay describes a very talented and gifted artist in his lavish encomium: ‘Martin Stainforth: An Appreciation’. An Englishman by birth Martin Stainforth settled in Australia. Visiting English critic Aylyng Arnold, who from 1906 to 1910 was special correspondent for the “London Sporting Life” wrote in 2015 on a visit to Melbourne: “I can confidently say I have seen as many portraits of horses as falls to the lot of any one man, but never have I seen anything approaching yours”.

Certainly Dr McKay agreed noting his expert methods and attention to fine detail. Martin Stainforth certainly perfected the finer points of sketching horses and turning these into exquisite paintings. This was the cutting edge technology of its day pre-dating the emergence of photography as the popular medium.

I will feature more of Martin Stainforth’s work in this record. He must have spent a lot of time in the Hunter Valley at both Arrowfield (Moses Brothers) and Widden (Thompson Family). Their great stallions are captured for posterity by his superlative animal art.

Martin Frank Stainforth (1866 – 1957) by Martha Rutledge

Martin Stainforth

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Plate in ‘Racehorses in Australia’ (Edited by Dr W H Lang, Ken Austin and Dr Stewart McKay):

Martin Frank Stainforth (1866 – 1957) by Martha Rutledge

http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/stainforth-martin-frank-8617

This article was published in the Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 12, (MUP), 1990

Martin Frank Stainforth (1866-1957), artist, was born on 14 August 1866 at Martley, Worcestershire, England, one of eleven children of Rev. Frederick Stainforth, curate, and his wife Ann, née Shepherd. Taught wood-engraving by Baron Klinkicht, Martin lived in London and exhibited in 1895-99 at the Royal Academy of Arts, mostly producing Madonnas after Italian old masters. His work was chosen for exhibitions in Paris, Berlin and Brussels; it also appeared as illustrations in C. G. B. Allen’s Evolution in Italian Art (London, 1903). When wood-engraving was superseded, Stainforth switched to freelance magazine and book illustrating.

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