William Arthur Hamar Bass Brewing Horse Racing Film Industry antique print

£25.00

Sir William Arthur Hamar Bass (1879 – 1952) From the brewing family. He was a British racehorse owner and a significant contributor to the racing industry. Jockey Club steward. He also provided support for the British film industry in its early days. Educated at Harrow School and started at Trinity College, Cambridge but left to join 10th Royal Hussars. Original Vanity Fair antique print published 1905. Some minor creasing to the margins but printed area sound (would mount well for framing.) price shown is ex VAT.

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Sir William Arthur Hamar Bass, 2nd Baronet (24 December 1879 – 28 February 1952) was a British racehorse owner and a significant contributor to the racing industry. He also provided support for the British film industry in its early days. Bass was the son of Hamar Alfred Bass and his wife Louisa Bagot (1853–1942), daughter of William Bagot, 3rd Baron Bagot. His father’s family traced its fortunes to William Bass, who founded the famous brewery company. He was educated at Harrow School and started at Trinity College, Cambridge, but appears to have decided to join the army instead. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 10th Royal Hussars on 18 November 1899 and served in the Second Boer War in South Africa from 1900 to 1902, attached to a provisional regiment of hussars, during which he was promoted to lieutenant on 3 October 1900. Following the end of the war, he returned from Cape Town to England in the SS Maplemore in August 1902. He lived at Byrkley Lodge in the Tatenhill area of Staffordshire. He succeeded to the baronetcy of Stafford in 1909 following the death of his uncle. Bass was first chairman of Provincial Cinematograph Theatres, which was founded in 1909 with the aim of opening a cinema in every town in the UK with a population of 250,000 or more. He also gave financial support to the London Film Company. However, Sir William (or Billy Bass as he was known) was most noted for his ownership of racehorses. He was a member and steward of the Jockey Club, was on the National Hunt Committee and joint Master of the Royal Hunt. He enjoyed his first success in the Cesarewitch Handicap in 1903 with Grey Tick, and also owned the horses Rosedrop, Cyllene and Sceptre. He was a Steward of the Pony Turf Club and was involved in the foundation of Northolt Park Racecourse in 1929. In 1947, along with others, Bass continued the family tradition of acting as a benefactor to the Burton upon Trent area by donating a peal of five bells to All Saints Church to be installed as a war memorial.

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