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Mr Fred Crisp 'He Owns "Chancellor"'

Spy (Sir Leslie Ward) (1851-1922)



Watercolour and bodycolour on tinted paper on board

15 x 10 inches

A G Witherby;
Stanley Jackson;
The John Franks Collection

Vanity Fair, 8 June 1893, Men of the Day no 567, 'He Owns "Chancellor"'

Chris Beetles & Alexander Beetles (eds.) Portraits of Vanity Fair: The Charles Sigety Collection, London: Chris Beetles Ltd, 2023, page 105

'Vanity Fair 1869-1914', Church Farm House Museum, Hendon, September-December 1983;
'Portraits of Vanity Fair: The Charles Sigety Collection', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2023, no 51

Fred Crisp (1849-1905) made his fortune owning a large number of shops on the Seven Sisters Road in London, before turning his attention to farming and breeding champion shire horses and highland cattle.

"Born of humble stock, he came into the world some two-and-forty years ago; arriving first in Cambridgeshire, whence he came to London and began to make money. He bought and sold drapery and other articles of domestic commerce until he became the Maple of the northern suburbs with an emporium in the Seven Sisters Road. When he had made money he took to farming land, breeding Shire horses and exhibiting them at all the chief shows; and he is like to be well in evidence this month at the Agricultural Show at Chester. He bought the famous mare, Starlight, and won the Lockinge Challenge Shield for Shire horses for the third successive time last year. He owned Chancellor, for which great stallion he gave eleven hundred guineas. He has even been privileged to sell Shire horses and Highland-bred cattle to the Queen and to the Prince of Wales; for he has a fine show of Shorthorns. He owns several farms, and he sells stock at Southgate, where he has sixty acres of land and a miles or two of glass. He has been seen with the hounds, and he has been asked to stand for Parliament.

He dresses very beautifully."

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