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Brigadier Gerard

County Suffolk   District Council Forest Heath 
Civil Parish or equivalent Newmarket  Town/Village* Newmarket 
Road Rowley Mile Racecourse 
Precise Location Centre of the Pre-parade Ring 
OS Grid Ref TL622625  Postcode CB8 
Previous location(s)  
Setting Pre-parade ring in front of saddling boxes  Access Private 
Artist/Maker Role Qualifier
John Skeaping  Sculptor(s)   

Commissioned by

John Hislop, owner of Brigadier Gerard 

Design & Constrn period


Date of installing


Exact date of unveiling



Abstract Animal Architectural
Commercial Commemorative Composite
Free Functional Funerary
Heraldic Military Natural
Non-Commemorative Performance Portable
Religious Roadside, Wayside Sculptural
Temporary, Mobile Other  

Object Type

Building Clock Tower Architectural
Coat of Arms Cross Fountain
Landscape Marker Medallion
Mural Panel Readymade
Relief Shaft Sculpture
Statue Street Furniture War Memorial
Other Object Sub Type: Equestrian

Subject Type

Allegorical Mythological Pictorial
Figurative Non-figurative Portrait
Still-life Symbolic Other

Subject Sub Type

Bust Equestrian Full-length
Group Head Reclining
Seated Standing Torso
Part Material Dimension
Statue  Bronze  H 23 cm x L 228 cm x W 72 cm 
Pedestal  Brick and stone  H 74 cm x L 250 cm x W 89 cm 

Work is

Extant Not Sited Lost


Newmarket Rowley Mile 

Listing status

Grade I Grade II* Grade II Don't Know Not Listed

Surface Condition

Corrosion, Deterioration Accretions
Bird Guano Abrasions, cracks, splits
Biological growth Spalling, crumbling
Metallic staining Previous treatments

Structural Condition

Armature exposed Broken or missing parts
Replaced parts Loose elements
Cracks, splits, breaks, holes Spalling, crumbling
Water collection Other


Graffiti Structural damage Surface Damage

Overall condition

Good Fair Poor


No Known Risk At Risk Immediate
Signatures/Marks J Skeaping 
Inscriptions On pedestal: BRIGADIER GERARD 

Description (physical)

Lifesize equestrian statue set up on a brick pedestal. The horse is depicted standing at rest without saddle or bridle 

Description (iconographical)

Brigadier Gerard (1968 - 1989) was one of the best and most popular British Thoroughbred race horses of the 20th century, and won 17 of his 18 races. In 1970 he won the season's first classic, the Two Thousand Guineas Stakes without a preparatory race, from Mill Reef and My Swallow. Voted Champion Miler for 1971 and named Horse-Of-The-Year for 1971 and 1972. According to Michel Wale, in his account of Paul Mellon's collection at the Royal Academy, 'John Hislop, the owner of Brigadier Gerard, wanted Skeaping to record his animal. He even turned up at Skeaping's home in the Camargues to persuade him to take the commission. Skeaping told me; “I liked neither the owner nor his horse. But mainly the owner." In spite of this Skeaping records his work on Brigadier Gerard in his autobiography, where he described it as a 'magnificent horse'. 


Date taken:  27/5/2007
Date logged:  28/5/2007

Photographed by:
Sarah Cocke

On Site Inspection

Date:  27/5/2007

Inspected by:
David Hulks and Simon Dell

Sources and References

J. Worrall and R. Vincent (2002) Newmarket Town and Turf: A Pictorial Tour, Wymondham: John Nicholls ttp:// (accessed 26/1/2008) Wikipedia Brigadier Gerard (horse) (accessed 2/1/2008) Skeaping, J., Drawn from Life An Autobiography, London, 1977, 244 


Date entered:  15/6/2007

Data inputter:
David Hulks