Bonham’s Auction – Danesfield Stonewall


Bonhams Auctions are selling this oil picture on canvas of a Shire Horse called Danesfield Stonewall.  This will be sold at their sale titled ‘The Gentleman’s Library’ on 19th January, 2017.

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Frank Babbage (British, active 1858-1916)

Champion Danesfield Stonewall at Olympia
signed and dated ‘F.BABBAGE/1914’ (lower left)
oil on canvas
51 x 61cm (20 1/16 x 24in).


Frederick Ernest Muntz Esq., Umberslade Hall, Hockley Heath
Mr. Evan Jones, stud groom to the above
Ms. Daisy Franklin, Worthing
Private collection, UK

The name of Muntz is familiar to all Shire breeders owing to the fame achieved by the late Sir Philip Albert Muntz, who was the pre-eminent breeder at the turn of the last century.  At his estate at Dunsmore near Rugby he bred Shires amongst other horse breeds, including many for Edward VII.  His nephew was Frederick Ernest Muntz who commissioned the present lot.  The Muntz fortune had been made in industry in the 19th century, most importantly the development of a particular copper lining for ships, known as ‘Muntz metal’, which was used on ships including the Cutty Sark.

Frederick Edward Muntz joined the Shire Horse Society in 1899 and went on to become President.  He was a successful breeder in his own right, winning many prizes including Best Senior Stallion for Danesfield Stonewall at Olympia in 1913 and 1914.  He was one of his most successful horses and this typical Old English Black had a host of admirers. Evan Jones, the Umberslade stud groom and later owner of this picture, was proud to parade him before King George V at the 1913 show.

Sue Fox