John Henry Rouson (1908-2000) was highly regarded worldwide as a painter of racehorses. He painted several Triple Crown Winners and Racing Hall of Fame members, including Secretariat, as well as a number of magnificent racing scenes. His paintings have graced the cover of Turf magazine multiple times, as well as several other publications.

Rouson also painted the Canadian Horse of the Year and Queen’s Plate winner for the Canadian Jockey Club for many years. His paintings hang in honor at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto.

Rouson was also an Internationally Syndicated Cartoonist, featuring four comic strips – “Little Sport”, “Little Eve”, “Ladies Day” and “Boy & Girl”.

Rouson was born in England and was a war hero in the British Navy during WWII. 

Lt Commander Rouson courageously disposed of mines which threatened the security of Britain and the Allied Forces. In January of 1942,  Rouson disposed of the very first Japanese mine ever used against the allied forces. He also recovered torpedoes from sunken U-boats in Toulon, and disposed of the mines plaguing Birmingham in October of 1940.

John Henry Rouson was honored by Britain for his Gallantry and Undaunted Devotion to Duty with the Prestigious George Medal (GM), The Order Of The British Empire (OBE) &
The Member Of The British Empire (MBE).

Today some of his work is available as murals created from his original oil paintings. To see the catalog and other Rouson paintings go to or contact the artist’s daughter Jessamy at or