‘Estimate’ (pictured in foal) - Ripley 2016
In July 2015 Ripley was appraoched by John Warren, the Bloodstock and Racing Advisor to The Queen, to create an enduring image of Her Majesty's own race mare, Estimate.
Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, had carried the Royal Colours to a memorable victory in the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup (Grade 1). The artwork that was envisaged was to create an accurate historical portrait of the mare which could serve as a reference for The Royal Studs in future years.
Primary photography was undertaken in September 2015. This involved photographing Estimate at The Royal Stud at Polhampton and creating background-plates at Sandringham House. The portrait was worked on between November 2015 and January 2016, with the final piece completed by late February.
Ripley presented the picture to The Queen at a private function in May 2016.
A brochure entitled “Estimate - An Explication Of The Art Of Contemporary Equine Portraiture” was also presented to accompany the work, which provided detailed information about how the portrait was created.
The portrait is an edition of one (1/1) plus two Artist Proofs. The original 1/1 having been delivered to Sandringham House in June 2016.
In December 2016 Her Majesty gifted a half-sized framed print of the picture to The Aga Khan on the occasion of his 80th birthday.
In 2017 one of the framed Artist Proofs was loaned to Ascot Racecourse where it now forms part of a permanent installation, including video, about Ripley's work.
“Ripley has an incredible ability to capture and emphasise every aspect of the subject.
It’s rare - not only historically - to know some of the greats as they really were but also to enjoy and have a feeling of the environment in which they inhabited”.
- John Warren, Bloodstock and Racing Advisor to Her Majesty The Queen
“Ripley’s beautiful photographic art brings to life in a unique way the magnificence of the horse.
We are proud to exhibit his inspiring portrait of Her Majesty’s ‘Estimate’, winner of the Queen’s Vase and the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, in our grandstand”.
- Guy Henderson, Chief Executive, Ascot Racecourse
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