“The Derby 1909”
Watercolour, signed and dated 1909
Showing Minoru winning the 1909 Derby. The horse was owned by King Edward VII. The jockey was Herbert jones and the trainer Richard Marsh. This duo also won the 1900 Derby with the horse Diamond Jubilee which was also owned by the King when he was Prince of Wales.
Born in New York, Isaac Cullin began as a portrait painter, but his interest in horses caused him to focus on equestrian portraiture and from the early 1880s particularly racehorses and watercolours of races and numerous other equestrian events. He later went on to produce racing illustrations for ‘The Illustrated London News and also for bookmakers and this may be an example of such work.
His horseracing pictures are collected widely and are much appreciated for there almost photographic accuracy. He died at Fulham in 1942.