This is an absolutely stunning pastel entitled "3:30 Horse Race Cheltenham" signed by the Artist Franco Matania in the bottom left hand corner, dating from the second half of the 20th century.
The painting depicts five horses and jockeys racing to the finish line by Franco Matania, who was of Italian origin. He was a pupil of his uncle, the distinguished artist and illustrator Fortunino Matania RI (1881-1963). They were both competant in all media, though mainly in Conté and Pastel.
Franco Matania was a member of the United Society of Artists, the Society of Graphic Fine Art and Associate of the Society of Equestrian Artists.
1st prize Pastel Award Mall Galleries 1984. Society of Equestrian Artists Awards Mall Galleries 1986 and Westminster Galleries 1988. Works accepted 1960-88: RI Galleries, ROI, RA, Pastel Society, National Society, Graphic Society, and Equestrian Society.
It is an impressive and beautifully executed pastel set in a decorative gilded and red lacquer frame.
In excellent condition.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 61 x Width 72 - Frame
Height 38 x Width 49 - painting
Dimensions in inches:
Height 2 foot x Width 2 foot, 4 inches - Frame
Height 1 foot, 3 inches x Width 1 foot, 7 inches - painting
Our reference: 06693
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