also known as The Pretty Horsebreaker
first exhibited 1861
oil on canvas
Also shown at the Exposition Universalle in Paris, 1867
untraced since 1892 it was sold for £140,000 at Sotherby's in 1994.
The model was Annie Gilbert a noted horsewoman and occasional model (she can also be seen in Frith's Derby Day) The Pretty Horsebreaker is a reference both to horse taming (and perhaps a nod towards female supremecy) and was the name given to the courtesans who rode horses along Rotten Row in Hyde Park in the 1860's. They hired their horses but were noted as extremely good riders and were always dressed in the height of fashion.
At one time the picture was owned by the Duke of Sutherland.