Oil on canvas of the celebrated Greyhound "Bab at the Bowster" by James Armstrong (English, 19th Century)
An oil on canvas of the celebrated Greyhound "Bab at the Bowster" standing in a landscape by James Armstrong (English, 19th Century). Titled "Bab at the Bowster run up 1869" and signed bottom left “James Armstrong Gretna Green Carlisle. Bab at the Bowster was runner up to Master Mc Grath in the 1869 Waterloo Cup. There was a series of lithographs titled “The Celebrated Greyhound Champion” drawn on stone by James McGahey, 18 School Lane, Liverpool, from paintings after James Armstrong that featured Bab at the Bowster. English, circa 1885.
The Waterloo Cup
The Waterloo Cup was the biggest annual hare coursing event in the United Kingdom and was often referred to by its supporters as the blue riband event of the coursing year. Run as a knock-out tournament between sixty four coursing greyhounds from Great Britain and Ireland, the three day event was run annually at Great Altcar in Lancashire, from 1836 to 2005 and used to attract tens of thousands of spectators to watch and gamble on the coursing matches.