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HORSE AND DOG IN A LANDSCAPE
CLAUDE LORRAINE FERNELEY
1822 -1891 signed & dated 1850
Oil on canvas 21 x 26 ¼ inches
Framed size 27 1/2 x 32 1/4 inches
Claude was born in Melton Mowbray, son of John E. Ferneley.
He was named after his godfather Charles Lorraine Smith, the famous squire of Enderby, and patron of sporting painters.
It is said Claude lacked ambition although he had considerable talent; he was also very musical and by the age of 10, when accompanying his father on working trips, would play the piano for the assembled gentry.
Claude Ferneley and his father were responsible for the organizing of the building of the new organ in Melton Church and Claude was the first person to play on it. He was a talented artist who worked both in oil and watercolour, and sometimes helped in the painting of the backgrounds in his father’s pictures.
This practice was always recorded in the accounts and charged at a lower price.
It is also known that at times he was asked to make copies of his father’s pictures, particularly after his father’s death when a client required a second copy of a favourite picture.
One of his most noted pictures was ‘The Quorn at Kirby Gate’. He painted a number of portraits of hunters and normally inscribed his pictures ‘Melton Mowbray’.
The Ferneley family remain one of the most illustrious in British sporting art.
Claude never married but it was said that he was a most lovable character.
On his death in 1891 he was buried near his father at Thrussington.
Bibl: Dictionary of Equestrian Artists- Sally Mitchell
|Height||21.00 inch||(53.34 cm)|
|Width||26.25 inch||(66.67 cm)|
|External Height||27.50 inch||(69.85 cm)|
|External Width||32.25 inch||(81.91 cm)|
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