|Description: ||Signed and dated at lower right: “Chas S. Humphreys. July 5th 1862.”
Charles Spencer Humphreys was born in Moorestown, where his father owned a general store. He surfaced in Camden in May 1837, where he placed a notice in a newspaper advertising himself as a house, sign, and ornamental painter. He is thought to have decorated harnesses and breast straps for a Camden harness manufacturer and also painted wagons. During the early 1850s he began to paint the subjects for which he became famous, portraits of specific racehorses posed against landscape backgrounds or being driven by their owners or trainers. Humphreys retired to Long Branch, where he died. Despite the fact that Humphreys worked in a naïve, non-academic style, horseracing enthusiasts held his work in high esteem.
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