Fine Art

"Good Old Bon Master Gets Over The 3rd Fence At The Maryland Hunt Club" 1931 Gouache by Paul Brown

Art Sz: 11"H x 15"W

Mat Sz: 16 5/8"H x 20 5/8"W

Paul Desmond Brown (American; 1893-1958)


"Good Old Bon Master Gets Over the 3rd" Fence at the "Maryland Hunt Club" Dated: 1931

Race Horse "Bon Master" was the Maryland Hunt Club Steeplechase Winner for the years 1927 & 1928

gouache/ conte crayon/ pen & ink on paper

Bon Master, C.L.A. Helser's hunter, with Frank A. Bonsal in the saddle, won the Maryland Hunt Club Cup, a steeplechase over the course in the Worthington Valley

Artist signed & dated to the lower right

American artist Paul Brown (1893-1958) was especially known for his illustrations of equestrian subjects, particularly polo scenes & horse races.

He created illustrations and drawings for Brooks Brothers catalogs for over three decades. Some publishers that commissioned and featured Brown’s work include Peter Vischer’s Polo magazine, The Derrydale Press, Charles Scribner’s Sons, and Dodd Mead & Company, among others. He also illustrated over 100 books by various authors in addition to thirty-three books that the artist authored.

The Maryland Hunt Cup is a Timber race, which is an American Steeplechase. It was first run on May 26 1894 and won by Johnny Miller. Eight horses have won the race three times but no horse has won it four times. It is considered one of the most difficult steeplechase races in the world. Fred Winter, a famous English horse trainer who attended Jay Trump's 1966 race, was asked about bringing a horse over for the Maryland Hunt Cup, he responded "Why I wouldn't dare!" Two undefeated winners, Jay Trump (1963, 1964 and 1966) and Ben Nevis II (1977, 1978), went on to win the Grand National in England. Both horses are in the Hall of Fame.

The Maryland Hunt Cup is four miles long with 22 timber fences. Its permanent home is in Worthington Valley, Maryland. The 2013 edition of the race was the 117th running of the Maryland Hunt Cup. The race has been run each year since 1894, except for three years during the Second World War, 1943 – 1945

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