Vaughn Flannery


(American, 1898-1955)

Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Flannery studied at the Chicago Art Institute then went into advertising, working his way up to a vice-presidency of Young & Rubicam.  Retiring in 1941 to devote his time to painting, Flannery received commissions from prestigious owners and breeders, including Greentree Stables and Alfred G. Vanderbilt.  In his one-man shows at New York’s Kraushaar Galleries, he documented American racing with an insider’s eye.


Flannery spent most of  his professional painting career working for Greentree Farm in Saratoga Springs, NY, Aiken, SC, and Lexington, KY. The majority of the paintings he produced, depicted Greentree subjects.


When Flannery passed away, his agent Kraushaar Galleries called New York horseman Mr. Walter Jeffords who pretty much bought everything in the studio. Mr. Jeffords sold a group (10-12 pieces) of paintings to Mr. John Gaines, Gainesway Farm, Lexington,KY. His work has pretty much remained in these three collections.

A Quiet Evening in Clancey's Bar
Oil on Board
12.75" x 19.5"

Marshall Lilley Putting Away the Last Set
20" x 28"

Mrs. Payne Whitney with Cherry Pie
Oil on Panel
12" x 18"

The Aiken Trials
Oil on Board
24" x 36"
printed on label on verso: Lead pony and Vanderbilt jockey. Calcimine saddled and ready, Marshall Lilley saddling Emblem. Whitney, Greco, Gaver and Wright. George Poole, the paddock judge. Sixth race, first day, 1948.