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H. J. Moser (1904-1951)
‘R.E.L. Featherstonhaugh, 8C - 2500 Maserati, 1934’.
An original watercolour by H. J. Moser depicting the event-winning 8C Maserati in the 1934 Formula Libre race at Albi in the south of France. Framed with a stepped acid-free mount, in a fluted black oak stained frame and glazed. Signed by the artist and dated 1935.
Image size: 24 x 21 inches (61 x 54 cm)
Overall framed size: 33 x 30 inches (84 x 76 cm).
Formula Libre racing began in 1932, and was an event which allowed all ages, makes and types of racing car to compete in one event, head to head. Featherstonhaugh, affectionately known as “Buddy”, was a spirited Brooklands competitor during the 1930s and raced a supercharged Alfa-Romeo, a two-and-half litre Maserati formerly owned by Whitney Straight, and the ex-Ferrari Duesenberg on the outer circuit at Weybridge.
H. J. Moser (1904-1951) was the house artist for ‘Speed’ magazine which flourished as the official journal of the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) from 1935 to 1939 before being absorbed by Motor Sport. This finely rendered watercolour was commissioned by Rupert Featherstonhaugh’s mother in 1935, following her son’s first place win, in the 1934 race.