Richard Stone Reeves

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(American, 1920-2005)

American Thoroughbred racing has spanned over one hundred and fifty years, and during that period there has been a handful of artists that have risen to the top in horse-portraiture. Every generation seems to have had one artist that was able to capture a particular horse, paying attention to subtle anatomical characteristics that would set that horse apart from the others, and that artist was usually commissioned to portray the top horses of that period. 

In America we've had such artists as Edward Troye (1808-1874), Henry Stull (1852-1913), and Franklin Voss (1880-1953). But there has perhaps never been a horse-portrait artist that has painted as many classic thoroughbreds, over as long a period of time as Richard Stone Reeves.  Mr. Reeves ability to not only capture a horse anatomically, but to also put personality and life into his subjects, has set him apart from the others for over forty years. He has painted many hundreds of famous racehorses in America, Canada, England, France, Ireland, India, South Africa, Venezuela, and Argentina.  
Mr. Reeves grew up at his family home on Long Island, New York. He is a direct descendant of the nineteenth century portrait painter Thomas Sully and had artistic tendencies from an early age, studying landscapes and portraiture at Syracuse University School of Fine Art.  He also learned to speak Chinese and spent some time in China on undercover secret missions. It was here that he met the President of Roosevelt Raceway, who was to give him his first commission in 1946. Following the war, he began painting, his portrait of 1947 Horse of the Year Armed appearing in Life magazine in April 1948. Commissions immediately followed and Reeves painted more international champions than any artist in history.

Crocket
Oil on Board
10" x 12"

Count Turf
Pencil Sketch
7" x 8.5"

Bon Mot
Pencil Sketch
6" x 6.5"

Bob Champion
Pencil Sketch
11" x 8.5"

Horses with Riders
Pencil Sketch
5.5" x 10"
SOLD

Nashua
Oil on Board
10" x 12"
SOLD

Manado
Oil on Board
12" x 15"
SOLD

Highland Bud with R. Dunwoody Up
Oil on Canvas
22" x 28"
SOLD

Nashua
Pencil Sketch
6" x 7.5"

Secretariat
Oil on Board
15.5" x 12.5"
SOLD

Canonero II
Oil on Board
10" x 12"
SOLD