Click main image below to view enlargements and captions.

View, Vermont, Brandon, Rutland County, Forest Park Farm, Antique Print, 1896

$675

Cole Springstein (act. 1880s-1890s)
Forest Park Farm, Brandon, Vermont, Property of H.R.C. Watson
American: 1896
Black and white lithograph
Signed and dated in matrix: Cole Springstein 96
21 x 28 inches, overall
$900

Bird’s-eye view promotional print for the Forest Park Farm in Brandon, Vermont in 1896, showing a prosperous and busy farm.  At that time it was owned by H.R.C. Watson, who bred and trained thoroughbred horses for racing. He also raised cattle and sheep. Inset illustrations of all these animals appear in the four corners of the print. The impressive complex of farm buildings and barns stretch into the middle distance on either side of a winding road lined by shade trees. On the main road and side paths are horses pulling a wagon piled with hay, other carriages, and people on foot. A trotter exercises on the riding ring in the left middle distance.

Product description continues below.

Description

The National Museum of the Morgan Horse posted online images of a “Catalogue of Trotting Stock” published by the farm in 1901, which also includes the same image as shown in the offered print. An 1899 edition of this catalog indicates that the farm covered 360 acres in Rutland County adapted for stock raising and horse breeding. It included a half-mile regulation track and 23 buildings with electric lights and running water. In addition to the horses, Watson raised “imported Normandy and Ayrshire Cattle, flocks of Hampshire Down Sheep and Cheshire White Pigs” and also produced maple syrup. Stallions in service advertised in the catalog included Cyclone, who held a record of 2:30 and Owen Dunsmore. Watson also kept brood mares.

Cole Springstein was an artist in New York State, known for animal, horse, and sporting subjects.

Condition: Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified and backed on Japanese paper to restore a few short tears, now with only light remaining toning and wear.

References:

“Antique 1899 Race Horse Trotting Stock Catalog, Forest Park Farm Brandon Vermont.” Worthpoint. https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/antique-1899-race-horse-trotting-2018156968 (8 July 2021).

Post re: Forest Park Farm. National Museum of the Morgan Horse Facebook Page. 22 March 2017. https://www.facebook.com/MorganMuseum/posts/before-hrc-watson-owned-edge-view-farm-in-brandon-vt-he-owned-forest-park-farm-w/675934355948443/ (8 July 2021).

Additional information

Century

19th Century