Henry Stull

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(Canadian, 1851-1913)

Son of an Ontario coach driver, Stull landed in New York to pursue a career as an actor, got a job with an insurance firm and began to sketch pictures of boats, horses and found his way to the staff of Leslie’s Illustrated. Leslie hired him to do caricatures, cartoons and lampoons, a job he held for three years.  Meanwhile, he attended horse races, and while watching one at Jerome Park in the Bronx, he sketched "Fiddlesticks", a horse owned by August Belmont.  Copying the sketch to more high-quality paper, he submitted it to the editor of Sporting New Yorker, who published it.  Belmont then saw the image of his horse, and used his influence to get Stull an illustration job with Spirit of the Times, a horse and sporting magazine, which in turn, attracted the attention of the editor of Harper's Weekly.   With the title Race Horse Portraits at Monmouth Park, Stull's horse paintings were first published in Harper's on August 18, 1883.

Meanwhile, he began the study of horse anatomy at a veterinary college. With his flattering horse portraits, highly accurate in musculature, he also attracted the attention of other wealthy, powerful horse owners, who became his patrons and clients including William Whitney, Pierre Lorillard, Leonard Jerome, and several men who owned Kentucky Derby winners.

Stull painted the portraits in his studio in New York City based on drawings of the horses in their natural settings.   He spent so much time in the bluegrass horse country of Kentucky, his last visit in 1912, that it was said he might as well have lived there.
From 1879 to 1912, Stull painting horses in nearly every year, of which more than 110 survive.  At one time, each of the New York and Brooklyn jockey clubs had between five and fifty of his paintings.  Stull not only painted horses but he bet on them and also owned one, Brad Law, whose portrait he painted in 1902.

Stull died in 1913, the same year that the Brighton Beach track closed.  


Bay Horse in a Stall
Oil on Canvas
16" x 22"
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Montana
Oil on Canvas
22" x 28"
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Hyperbole
Oil on canvas
24" x 29"
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Tenney
Oil on Canvas
18" x 24"
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Polar Star
Oil on Canvas
36" x 20"
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