Saturday, May 16, 2009

John Frederick Herring does Equines!!!

Rockingham in a Stable - Winner of the St.Leger 1833
Signed John Frederick Herring (Senior) (1795-1865)

John Frederick Herring was born in 1795 at Blackfrairs, London. He started his career as a coach painter and in 1814 moved to Yorkshire where, after spending time as a stable lad, he became the driver of a mail coach.
In the early 1820s he took up painting professionally having had his first Royal Academy exhibit in 1818. Shortly afterwards he moved to London where he studied under Abraham Cooper and Sawrey Gilpin becoming a sporting and animal painter.

His early works were mainly of racehorses and hunters and for 33 successive years he painted the winners of the Derby and the St. Leger as well as many other famous horses and jockeys of the day. Herring’s works have always been highly sought after and although he never became a Royal Academician, he was appointed Animal Painter to the Duchess of Kent and is now recognized as one of the finest horse painters in history. In his later years he moved to Tunbridge Wells where he died in 1865.

Herring Snr exhibited 22 works at The Royal Academy from 1818-1868, 83 at The Society of British Artists in Suffolk Street 1836-1852 and 44 at The British Institute 1830-1865. His works were widely engraved.

Works in Museums: Aberdeen Art Gallery; Burnley Art Gallery; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge; Doncaster Art Gallery; Dunedin Art Gallery; New Zealand; Glasgow Art Gallery; Leamington Spa Art Gallery; Leeds Art Gallery; Leicester Art Gallery; Liverpool Walker Art Gallery; London, Guildhall Art Gallery; Tate Gallery; Victoria & Albert Museum; Nottingham Art Gallery; Wolverhampton Art Gallery; H.M The Queen’s Collection.

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