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Print - J L Fleury, Phar Lap before the Chariot of the Sun, 1932 Image Reg. No: HT 6431

Summary:
Framed print entitled "Phar Lap before the Chariot of the Sun" by Australian artist Joseph Luke Fleury in1932. It was originally purchased by a family friend of the vendor at an exhibition of the orginal mural in Sydney in 1932. During the exhibition, Fleury arranged for prints to be produced and sold.
Description:
A contemporary description of it reads:
'It represents Apollo in a golden chariot drawn by four horses, with Phar Lap in the lead. The chariot is surrounded by the Nine Muses, including Dame Nellie Melba with a golden harp. At the rear of the procession is Pegasus, with a collar of golden bells. In a mound of clouds is seen a group of the principal gods and goddesses.Cupid is descending with a laurel wreath to place around Phar Lap's neck. At the bottom of the picture, in the shadow of the cloud, is the Angel of Death, holding the torch of perpetual memory and a flaming sword, symbolising that the tragedy of Phar Lap's death will never be forgotten ...'
Description Of Content:
'It represents Apollo in a golden chariot drawn by four horses, with Phar Lap in the lead. The chariot is surrounded by the Nine Muses, including Dame Nellie Melba with a golden harp. At the rear of the procession is Pegasus, with a collar of golden bells. In a mound of clouds is seen a group of the principal gods and goddesses.Cupid is descending with a laurel wreath to place around Phar Lap's neck. At the bottom of the picture, in the shadow of the cloud, is the Angel of Death, holding the torch of perpetual memory and a flaming sword, symbolising that the tragedy of Phar Lap's death will never be forgotten ...'
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 39.0 cm (Height), 2.0 cm (Width), 59.2 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: art, civic mementoes, exhibitions, horse racing, horses, mythology, paintings, prints, religions, souvenirs, making history - phar lap
Themes this item is part of: Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Phar Lap Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Horse Racing
Tertiary Classification: illustrations
Original Caption: Phar Lap before the chariot of the sun
Inscriptions: Printed under print: "PHAR LAP BEFORE THE CHARIOT OF THE SUN"
People Depicted: MELBA, DAME NELLIE
Organisations Depicted: PHAR LAP; APOLLO; CUPID
Format: Print: Colour
Artist: Joseph Fleury, Tasmania, Australia, 1932
Person Depicted: Dame Nellie Melba, Victoria, Australia, 1932

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