Thin woven paper
17” H x 11 ¾” W (With frame: 22 ¾” H x 17 ¾” W)
Utilitarian was a sire that stood at John Hartwell Cocke’s plantation Bremo on the James River. Cocke was one of a handful of southern breeders who were active in the improvement of American racing bloodlines. Utilitarian’s sire, American Eclipse, was a famous northern racehorse successfully pitted against southern rivals. In contrast, Cocke’s interests lay in the production of fine saddle horses and he advertised Utilitarian as a producer of sensible, sound, and useful animals. According to the Farmer’s Register of 1839 it cost $25 to breed a mare to Utilitarian plus the daily cost of 25 cents in upkeep for the mare.