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A Black Pointer In A Wooded Landscape By Frederick Herring Senior (1795-1865)


"A Black Pointer In A Wooded Landscape By Frederick Herring Senior (1795-1865)"
A black pointer in a wooded landscape by John Frederick Herring Senior, circa 1830. Oil on canvas in a giltwood frame.

Provenance: Arthur Ackerman and his son Frost and Reed Blains, Bruton Place, London

John Frederick Herring, born in London in 1795, was the son of a London merchant of Dutch origin, born overseas in America. The first eighteen years of Herring's life were spent in London, where his greatest interests were drawing and horses. In 1814, at the age of 18, he moved to Doncaster in the north of England and in 1815 married Ann Harris.
His sons John Frederick Herring Jr., Charles Herring, and Benjamin Herring were all to become artists, while his two daughters, Ann and Emma, ​​married painters. In Doncaster, Herring was employed as a painter of inn signs and coach badges on the sides of coaches, and his subsequent contact with a firm owned by Mr Wood led to the later employment of Herring as a night coach driver. Herring spent his spare time painting horse portraits for inns, and he became known as "the coachman artist".
Herring's talent was recognized by wealthy patrons and he began to paint hunters and racehorses for the nobility. In 1830 he left Doncaster for Newmarket, where he spent three years before moving to London. During this time, Herring may have received lessons from equestrian artist Abraham Cooper. In London, Herring ran into financial difficulties and received financial assistance from WT Copeland, who commissioned many paintings, including some designs used for Copeland Spode porcelain.
In 1840-1841, Herring visited Paris, painting several pictures, at the invitation of the Duke of Orleans, son of King Louis-Philippe of France. In 1845, Herring was appointed Animal Painter to the Duchess of Kent, followed by a subsequent commission from the ruling Queen Victoria, who remained a patron for the rest of her life. In 1853 Herring moved to rural Kent in southeast England and stopped painting horse portraits. He spent the last 12 years of his life at Meopham Park near Tonbridge, where he lived as a country squire. He later expanded his subject matter by painting agricultural scenes and narrative imagery, as well as his better-known sporting works of hunting, running, and shooting.
A highly successful and prolific artist, Herring ranks with Sir Edwin Landseer as one of the most eminent animal painters of mid-19th century Europe. Herring's equestrian paintings were highly valued and many were engraved, including 33 St Leger winners and 21 Derby winners. Herring exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1818 to 1865, the British Institution from 1830 to 1865, and the Society of British Artists from 1836 to 1852, where Herring became vice-president in 1842.
Price : $14,500
Artist : John Frederick Herring Senior (1795-1865)
Period: 19th century
Style: Victorian
Condition : Good, ready to hang condition

Material : Oil on canvas
Width : 46cm (18in)
Height : 35cm (14in)

Reference : 915
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