Jerome Park horse racing


A.R. Waud.  “Inauguration of the Race-Course of the Jockey Club, Jerome Park–Start for the Four-Mile Heat.”  From Harper’s Weekly.  New York, October 13, 1866.  14 1/2 x 20 1/2.  Wood engraving.  Very good condition.

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Harper’s Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the 19th and early 20th century.  In weekly issues, Harper’s presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations.  These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of 19th-century America.  These illustrations are one of the few sources we have today about early team and individual sports, including horse racing.  This print shows the inauguration of horse racing a Jerome Park.