1823 England

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JOHN FREDERICK HERRING the well-known English animal painter was born in Surrey in 1795, the son of a London merchant. He spent the first eighteen years of his life in London. In 1814 at the age of nineteen, he moved to Doncaster and took up painting. Herring earned his living painting coach insignia and inn signs, which led him to be employed by a Mr Wood one of the owners of a coach firm, as a night coach driver between Wakefield and Lincoln. During his spare time, he continued to paint and began producing portraits of horses for inn owners, rapidly gaining recognition for his talent as the ‘artist coachman’, which in turn brought him commissions to paint hunters and racehorses for the gentry. From 1818, he started exhibiting at the Royal Academy and by 1820 his style had developed to become notably fluid and fine. Herring moved to Newmarket in 1830, spending three years there before moving to London. Around this time, he is believed to have received tuition from Abraham Cooper and Sawrey Gilpin. During his time in London he continued to exhibit at the RA (1818-1865), he also exhibited at the British Institution, 1830-1865, and the Society of British Artists, 1836-1852. At about 1853, Herring moved to Meopham Park, Tonbridge where he lived as a country squire, continuing to produce his well-known scenes of hunting, racing and shooting but also painting a wider subject matter including agricultural scenes and narrative pictures. He died at Meopham Park in 1865.

CHARLES HERRING was born in Doncaster in 1828, the second youngest son and fourth youngest child of John Frederick Herring Snr. Works signed by him are rare, however he is known to have painted or helped with many of the scenes that are signed by John Frederick Herring Snr. He seems to have had a very good relationship with his father both personally and professionally. At the age of only 28, he was struck down by Scarlet Fever and died on 1 June 1856 in Kent. His father was so distraught that he laid the front drive with seashells and never drove over it again. Charles is buried in Hildenborough churchyard in Kent.
Sir Herbert Ramsay, 5th Baronet of Balmain.
Christie’s sale 22 May 1914, lot 74, bought by Mr Hamilton Brown.
Christie’s sale 26 February 1954, lot 100, bought by the late Mr Anthony S Till FRCS & Mrs Joan Till, Holwell House, Oxon
Height 22.00 inch (55.88 cm)
Width 30.00 inch (76.20 cm)
External Height 28.00 inch (71.12 cm)
External Width 36.00 inch (91.44 cm)
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1823
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