The Struggle

(four horses only, with none following and no back-ground)

Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
st 568 unrecorded 63a
 

Image of one group of four horses and riders, racing to the finishing post
 

Words:
Woven on silk:-
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-

REGISTERED. 
 
   
"THE STRUGGLE."
 
WOVEN IN THE
YORK EXHIBITION,
1879 
 
THOMAS STEVENS,
INVENTOR & MANUFACTURER
COVENTRY & LONDON. 
 
Size:
Card-mount:
14.0cm deep by 21.6cm wide

silk:
5.1cm high by 14.6cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
 

by Geoffrey Godden:
This landscape view, companion to THE START [st556 on this site], shows the finish of a horse-race, the first title, THE STRUGGLE, soon giving way to the better known description, THE FINISH [st192 on this site].
The subject was registered on 14 August 1879, at a period when the York Exhibition was still on and rare examples such as the one shown in st576 were affixed to special York Exhibition card-mounts with the title printed in an unusual type. A special one-title label was also affixed to these first issues (as shown below).
Before discussing the standard versions, mention must be made of a very rare variation - of which, at the time of writing, only one example has appeared on the market [that is, the silk shown above]. In this silk the four main horses of the standard picture are shown on their own, without any background and without the group of horses coming up from the top right-hand corner of the picture. The foreground is made up of horizontal dashes. The price of such extreme rarities is a matter for personal bargaining.
The standard version has a background and second group of horses. The foreground though was subject to change. The early runs [as shown in st572] have much feather-like shading near the right edge.
This was much simplified on later issues (see st576), but still with the 1879 York Exhibition credit.
The standard post-York Exhibition specimens [st580 on this site] were mounted on type B cards with label 4, or higher back-labels. On label 10, the original title was amended to THE FINISH; consequently, examples with the first title are found only on type B card-mounts - normally B2 or B3.

Other comments:
Design registered 14th August 1879 

 

image of the single title reverse label attached to this silk
Image of the single title reverse label attached to this silk
 


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