Oil on canvas of the celebrated Greyhound "Bed of Stone" by James Armstrong (English, 19th Century)
An oil on canvas of the celebrated Greyhound "Bed of Stone" standing in a landscape by James Armstrong (English, 19th Century). Titled “ "Bed of Stone”, 1872” and signed bottom left “James Armstrong Gretna Green Carlisle. Bed of Stone, owned by Mr J A S Briggs of Blackburn won the Waterloo Cup in 1872. There was a print published of “Bed of Stone” after the painting by James Armstrong. English, circa 1885.
Bed of Stone
Bed of Stone, whelped in 1868, was a coursing pioneer, she became the first Greyhound ever to win all three Waterloo divisions: the Waterloo Purse (1870), the Waterloo Plate (1871) and the Waterloo Cup (1872).
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.