The Painter Behind the Blue Horse

Renowned equine painter Edward Troye lived in the Bluegrass and painted all of the famous Thoroughbreds of his time, as well as other stock animals. Active before the age of photography, his extraordinary equine portraits serve as a record of the country's early leading sires and mares. Accuracy was very important to Troye's clients, and his attention to detail is evident throughout his work. He painted the great Lexington at least a dozen times.


Edward Troye emigrated to America in 1831. He traveled the southern and eastern United States, living in Alabama while teaching French and drawing at Spring Hill College, and settling in Georgetown, Kentucky for many years. Edward Troye is buried in the Georgetown Cemetery.