May 18, 2019 09:00 AM EDT Asheville, North Carolina


Two Bremo Plantation Horse Broadsides

Fluvanna County, Virginia, dated 1839 and 1844, illustrated broadsides advertising the breeding availability of the stud horse Utilitarian, owner listed as "Gen. Cocke", later frame, 17 x 11-1/2 in.


Brigadier General John Hartwell Cocke, sixth in descent from English immigrant, Richard Cocke, established Bremo Plantation in, Virginia in 1808. The Cocke family land grant extended an impressive 3,184 acres along the James River and was the site of three manses and acres of flourishing gardens and planting fields. Built on a broad ribbon of prime farmland, together Bremo Recess, Lower Bremo, and Upper Bremo were home to John Hartwell Cocke and his family. Bremo Plantation was a tranquil, but industrious center in which Cocke cultivated not only experimental farming practices, but a keen interest in social reform, religion, education, and architecture as well. An agricultural innovator, Cocke helped found the Agricultural Society of Albemarle and published numerous essays in Cultivator and the Southern Planter. John Hartwell Cocke also sought to improve the qualities of not only the agriculture of his estate, but the livestock and horses raised there as well. Cocke bred an exceptional line of easy-gaited saddlers. Sharing deep connections to both land and the built landscape, John Hartwell Cocke became a close associate to neighbor, Thomas Jefferson. Cocke was among those who assisted Thomas Jefferson in the development of the University of Virginia.

Nearby, John Harwell Cocke’s son, Philip St. George Cocke, established Belmead Plantation in Powhatan County in 1835. A noted brigadier general in the Confederate States Army, Philip St. George Cocke held the line of defense along the Potomac River soon after Virginia seceded from the Union. Philip St. George Cocke also commanded troops at the Battle of Blackburn’s Ford and the First Battle of Bull Run.

Brunk Auctions is honored to feature a collection of fine British and American furniture, paintings, and decorative arts from the historic Bremo and Belmead plantations.


Provenance:Historic Bremo Plantation, Bremo, Virginia


broadside dated 1844 with fading, toning and multiple creases, 1839, several small stains, toning and light creases

Estimate: $600 - $900
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