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The Godolphin Arabian

A short summary about Godolphin and his cat Grimalkin

Milestone

This year is a milestone for me as I will turn 60 in August, marking over 50 years as a professional sculptor. I grew up with an insatiable love of horses and found myself sculpting and carving a myriad of materials and mediums into horse shaped objects d'art. Soap bars would mysteriously disappear from the bathroom sink and turn into rearing horses with the help of a trusty kitchen paring knife. I couldn't help myself because the need to create was sometimes overwhelming to me. I also grew up with a stable full of plastic ponies; my prized possessions being the Breyer Arabians. I still to this day, have photos taken in my backyard with my Brownie camera of the Family Arabian next to our waterfall in Edmonds, Washington and have trophies I designed and won using the Breyer Proud Arabian stallion perched high above brass and walnut bases. Over the years, I have always had a fondness for these memories from my youth and wanted to do something to commemorate my passions with a very special limited edition resin sculpture in this year 2013.

Here I am with 2 wax casts of the Perlane bronze, ready to head to the foundry - 1983.
Showing my 1/2 Arab gelding, El Saki Abu+ who I raised and trained for the 1st time in WP - 1974 .

Breyer® & Rich Rudish

My favorite Breyer Arabian has been Sham, ever since it was sculpted by my dear friend, Rich Rudish. Rich and I equally admired each other artworks; he owned some of my best bronze Arabian horses and I owned a collection of his flatwork plus a Test Model Sham, The Godolphin Arabian, by Breyer Animal Creations, signed by Rich. In the early 1990s, I was introduced to the amazing world of model horse customizing and in the year 2000, I came out with my first limited edition resin for the model horse hobby. Thirteen years have passed as I have watched thousands of resins parade across my studio bench, most of them exotic prancing Arabian horses. One model which was mailed to me by a friend over a year ago. This model would become a test case for my new two part clay I was developing called FXclay. This model was the Breyer® #410 mold and my friend asked me to customize it into something befitting the "LerMond" style. Since this was the model originally sculpted by my friend, Rich Rudish, I felt the best thing to do was to keep the essence of the sculpture while at the same time, add the flair which sets my work apart. The Godolphin Arabian is the result of this quest to honor the memory of a dear departed friend and mentor. I couldn't think of a better way to honor him and in my heart, I know he would approve.

The waterfall and pond behind my house in Edmonds, WA where my sister and I played with our Breyer horses, stuffed animals and dolls - 1964.
How many Breyer horses do you see?
A close-up shot with my Brownie camera of my sister and my Breyer horses, assorted dolls and stuffed animals next to the lower pond in our backyard in Edmonds, WA - 1964.

Historical Accounts

Since there were only paintings and written descriptions of The Godolphin Arabian to go by, I took some artistic license to create what I felt best represented the image of this legendary horse brought to England from Tunisia in 1729 by Edward Coke and inherited in 1733 by the Second Earl of Godolphin, Francis Leonard. According to Lawrence, an early writer:

The Godolphin Arabian was a brown bay, somewhat mottled on the buttocks and crest, but with no white excepting the off heel behind, about 15 hands high, with good bone and substance. Artists say the crest of the horse is quite out of nature. However, from all accounts, and the various representations I have seen of the horse, his crest was exceeding large and elevated, his neck elegantly curved, and his muzzle very fine. He had considerable length, his capacious shoulders and head the true sloping position, and every part materially contribute to action.
Godolphin Arabian, by George Stubbs 1793. Godolphin Arabian, by George Stubbs 1793.
Earl of Godolphin's Scham with an Arab up, F.C. Turner 1845. Earl of Godolphin's "Scham" with an Arab up,
by F.C. Turner 1845.
Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin, by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1710. Francis Godolphin, 2nd Earl of Godolphin,
by Sir Godfrey Kneller 1710.
The Great Stallion, The Godolphin Arabian, in an architectural landscape held by a groom. John Wootton 1731. The Great Stallion, The Godolphin Arabian, in an architectural landscape held by a groom.
By John Wootton 1731.
Within the stable block at Wandlebury is the grave of the Godolphin Arabian. Godolphin died in 1753 at the age of 29. © David Lamkin 2005. Within the stable block at Wandlebury is the grave of the Godolphin Arabian. Godolphin died in 1753 at the age of 29. © David Lamkin 2005.

The paintings of The Godolphin Arabian were so varied from plain to grotesque, that I could only surmise these artists also took artistic license in the portraits of this great horse. After taking all this information in, I created what I felt best represented the real horse.

The Godolphin Arabian & Grimalkin the Cat

The Godolphin Arabian is a traditional sized limited edition resin (1 mold, about 70 castings). Each casting is rotocast using museum quality pristine white polyurthane resin, signed and numbered by me. Each sculpture is reinforced with Stainless Steel rods in the legs, an RFID transponder for positive ID and theft deterrent and a full color Certificate of Authenticity signed by me, suitable for framing. When I was almost finished sculpting him, I did some more research on the real Godolphin Arabian. I studied all of the paintings of him and one thing seemed to be prevalent in most of the paintings is the companion to The Godolphin Arabian who appeared time and time again - Grimalkin, the stable cat. I knew there was something missing with The Godolphin Arabian sculpture so I got out a portion of FXclay and fashioned the cat to ride the Godolphin's haunches or stand next to his hooves, forever the faithful companion to a great steed. Grimalkin is 1/9th scale standing 1.25" tall and was sculpted to look like the chubby Tabby cat that was the constant companion to The Godolphin Arabian horse. Grimalkin is cast of solid museum quality pristine white resin and is a numbered edition signed and dated by me.

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The Godolphin Arabian resin is protected by VARA. VARA of 1990 is a United States law protecting artist rights. VARA provides protection to limited edition sculptures of 200 or fewer consecutively numbered copies and signed by the artist. International protection is provided by the Berne Convention. The Godolphin Arabian resin edition is numbered, signed by me and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Grimalkin the Cat is a numbered edition and is also signed by me.

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