Victorian London - Publications - History - The Queen's London : a Pictorial and Descriptive Record of the Streets, Buildings, Parks and Scenery of the Great Metropolis, 1896 - A Sale at Tattersall's

A Sale at Tattersall's - photograph


Tattersall's is famous for its horse auctions, and as the headquarters of betting on the Turf. Our picture shows one of the regular Monday sales, which are supplemented in the season by auctions on other days. Round the yard is stabling for the horses, and the galleries are filled with carriages for sale. Amidst the vehicles on the ground floor is a temple-like covering to a pump which is surmounted by the figure of a fox. The bust is that of George IV., who, as a young man, was a frequenter of Tattersall's. Formerly the mart was situated in Grosvenor Place, but in 1865 the present building was erected at the junction of the Brompton Road with the main thoroughfare along Knightsbridge. Richard Tattersall, training-groom to the last Duke of Kingston, started these horse auctions in 1773, after his master's death.