Sir John Dugdale Astley, 3rd Bt(1828-1894), Sportsman
Sitter in 6 portraits
From 1848 to 1859 he was in the Army, serving in the Crimean War and retiring as a Lieutenant-Colonel. In 1858, while on honeymoon, he won £1,500 in a bet on the Liverpool cup. He quit the army the following year, and thereafter devoted himself to his passion, sport, especially horse racing. During the lifetime of his father-in-law, who had a horror of the turf, Astley raced under the borrowed name of Mr S. Thellusson. He was a popular figure in the sporting community, known familiarly as 'The Mate', and for winning and losing large sums of money. A member of the Jockey Club, he took an interest in many aspects of horse racing. He succeeded to the baronetcy in 1873 and was an MP from 1874 to 1880.
by Liborio Prosperi ('Lib')