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NIKOLAI SEMENOVICH SAMOKISH
Portrait of Lel, a racing stallion
Signed in Cyrillic ‘N. Samokish’ (lower left) and inscribed ‘Lel’ (lower right) Oil on canvas 61 x 80 cm. Provenance: private collection, Monaco This painting depicts the Orlov Trotter ‘Lel’ and the rider Pavel Chernov. In 1894, Lel (Udaloy - Larochka) covered the distance of 3200m in 4.46 minutes and then 1600m in 2.16 minutes. Lel set his record in the third gita by beating the American stallion Flash.