Once a Week (magazine)/Series 1/Volume 8/Astley's horse (Cooper)

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Letter to the editor in response to William Pinkerton's article "Astley's." See also another letter by "Philippus."


To the Editor of Once a Week.


The horse mentioned in your paper as “Astley’s old horse” was not a white one, but a dark bay. I painted him when he was more than thirty years old, and when, having lost all his teeth, he was fed on soaked bread.

Mr. Davis, in whose possession he was after Astley’s death, being my uncle, I had frequent opportunities of seeing the horse, and knew him well. He was called “the old Spanish horse.”

I am, sir,
Abr. Cooper, R. A.19, New Millman Street.