KELLY, Thomas after BEARD, J. (19th century). Fast Horses, of N.Y. Scene Harlem Lane N.Y.

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KELLY, Thomas after BEARD, J. (19th century).
Fast Horses, of N.Y. Scene Harlem Lane N.Y.
Lithograph with original hand color.
New York: Thomas Kelly, 1871.
24 1/7" x 17 1/7" sheet.
Color lithograph of Harlem Lane, also referred to as the Harlem River Speedway, and the prize-winning horses Dexter, Goldsmith Maid, and Mountain Boy. The latter was owned by Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt who was in fierce competition with Robert Bonner's horse Dexter. Bonner, in a letter to Vanderbilt, commented thus: "My dear Commodore, the good-natured contest between you and myself for the ownership of the fastest trotting horse in the world is attracting increased attention on acount of the recent performances of Mountain Boy." Harlem Lane was designed for "the driving of horses attached to light carriages."