2006 – Persimmon and the Prince of Wales

2006 Persimmon and the Prince of Wales by William Newton

The ultimate success of a Derby winner is his success at stud.  The first of King Edward VII’s Derby winners was Persimmon, champion sire on four occasions and sire of the outstanding filly, Scepter, who won every Classic event of her year, bar the Derby.

I spent a day in the Round Tower at Windsor Castle feasting my eyes on numerous photographs of both Persimmon and the then Prince of Wales.  I was also able to take copies, which I used as the basis for my study.

The bronze depicts the Prince in morning dress, a cane in one hand, a cigar in the other, gazing in admiration at his Derby winner, Persimmon, a typical Derby type – beautifully made, very square with a wonderful shoulder and a lovely honest eye.

Trophy Gallery